After experiencing the tragic loss of her teenage son Jantsen, Pam Cope shares the story of her healing journey that led her to a life of rescuing and advocating for exploited children in Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana. She will share some of the heart touching stories of the children who were rescued from slavery in the fishing communities along Ghana’s Lake Volta and how they are using therapeutic art programs to bring healing and hope to the children in their care. She will share how we can all be a part of creating positive change in this world through awareness and advocacy.
Pam Cope and her husband Randy are co-founder’s of the Touch A Life Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Dallas, TX, devoted to rescuing and advocating for exploited children. The Foundation has initially focused its work in three countries – Vietnam, Cambodia, and Ghana. Touch A Life has successfully rescued 93 children from slavery in the fishing communities along Ghana’s Lake Volta. The most exciting new development is the completed care facility in Kumasi, Ghana. The new center offers therapeutic art programs and is currently a home for 50 children. Pam is the author of Jantsen’s Gift, with co-author Aimee Molloy, a memoir of Pam’s life and the work of the Foundation. Jantsen’s Gift has been published in three foreign markets, Italy, China and Turkey. http://www.touchalifekids.org
Join Host Tina Klonaris-Robinson and journey Into the heart as we celebrate the gift and beauty of the human spirit through the sharing of life stories. The stories expressed will inspire us to connect and evolve, reminding us of how powerful we are as human beings, especially in times of crisis or grief.
A single story can take an entire community to the ground or elevate it. We need to be told and to tell new stories that inspire the best qualities that we possess, and we need to be exposed to the stories of people from different backgrounds than our own so we can gain an appreciation and respect for our differences, as well as for our similarities. Stories connect us, people to people. They cross lands, oceans, and borders. They move us, shape us and create new worlds of possibility. Stories take us on a journey through the intimate life experience of another, and in the hearing we become a part of their lives. We are no longer strangers.
Tina Klonaris-Robinson is an inspirational writer and speaker, The Founder and Executive Director of The Meah Foundation and the creator of The Meah Story Bracelet Project. After the tragic loss of her second child, Meah, in 2006, Tina traveled to Rwanda with genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza and experienced the incredible power of sharing stories in the healing process. These stories had a profound impact on her character and her purpose, opening her heart and mind to new possibilities. Person to person connection through storytelling was the basis of discoveries about hope, faith, forgiveness, courage, and the seeds of greatness that live within every human being no matter what has happened to them or how difficult their lives have been. She believes in the power of storytelling to transform people’s lives, heal, promote understanding and connection between people, overcome differences, and prevent discrimination and violence. She believes that even through the very worst of life experiences, we can rise up, empowering ourselves and others with who we are and all that we can be. www.themeahfoundation.org
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