Ever so gingerly, our Arab
friend lowered the paralyzed woman in a
down two long flights of
Thump. Thump. Thump..

Then after he lifted her into his car, she
began to weep and weep and weep. 
confided that she hadn’t been out of her
home in two years.

His seven-year-old son absorbed it
all, transfixed.

These three arrived at a special reunion of
those with physical and mental
challenges. After locking her wheelchair,
our friend moved to welcome
newcomers. Slipping away from his
dad, his son declared, “I’m going to sit
with ‘grandma.'”

Afterward, with herculean effort his dad hauled her and her wheelchair back up those
two flights. Heave-Thump. Heave-Thump… She greeted a passing able-
bodied young man, her relative. He waved but walked on as the boy’s father hoisted her
up alone, step by agonizing step.

Our friend’s son then gave a rosebud to his new “grandma” when saying goodbye.

Our visionary friend explained, “I treasure my children. I want them to learn new values with
me by enjoying life together with my challenged friends.”

This visionary is not alone. Each dreamer has
sacred trust to relay to the next generation,
regardless how daunting the difficulties. For
example, this year:

  • Over 1250 volunteers chose next-
    generation coordinators 
    for 41 war-
    zone Middle Eastern networks to sustain
    with 550 mentally challenged
  • Despite crushing coup d’état brutality,
    another dreamer ensured the futures of
    17 marginalized Himalayan tribal
    securing ID cards, certificates,
    training, and jobs.
  • Despite Lebanon’s economic collapse,
    another dreamer streamlined training of
    185 volunteers to mobilize 4600 blood
    donors across sectarian lines.



Such dreamers in hard places, and our approach to strengthen them, are inspiring
others to join this relay race
with the next generation. Just this week, for example:


  • After an intensive bottom-up economics session with David, a global private
    equity investor
    texted: “Was walking with my kids discussing abundance and contentment vs supply and demand of greed and excess.   Kids totally see
    Cannot thank you enough.”


  • Janice’s graduate professor reported his students chose our article, Perspectives
    on Values in Human Development,
    for their discussion on religion and
    : “…probably 90% agnostic, they nonetheless felt that if one tries
    to act with wisdom, humility, integrity, then something important is added
    was missing from other readings.”


  • A social impact researcher publishing on network leadership emailed,
    “Your work and leadership put wind in my sails in articulating this approach. These
    are learned from leaders like you
    who have built networks that demonstrate
    them. The
    privilege has been mine to be a voice for wisdom to help move the
    field forward.”


We are resolute to pursue our vision: “a light in every hard place in our generation.”

Building on twenty years of costly struggle and hard-won successes in hard places,
boards have resolved to catalyze impact for this vision with two strategies:

  • Strengthen exemplary dreamer initiatives to model mission impact in hard places
  • Develop communications and tools to equip a new generation for hard places


Our network of professional advisors agree. A social impact investor from Harvard
counsels: “I believe
it’s time for the leadership (namely David and Janice) to accelerate
the transition from doing to teaching
…to codify the philosophy and learnings of the
past 20 years to
multiply impact and foster long-term change for the vision.”

We agree. And so do the dreamers. They model that lights can shine in hard places –
even inside the
top-ten hardest countries on the Fragile States Index!

Janice L H Haskell
Vice President for Program Development
Dreams InDeed International


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