There are many causes that need immediate attention in our world today. Witnessing the injustice, inequality, violence, and disrespect being perpetrated daily on the voiceless can manifest as frustration, stress, depression, detachment, sadness and even grief.
This realization asked, “How can I help?” “What can I do?” L.I.O.N., Love Is Our Nature, was the answer. At present, we are comprised of dedicated volunteers with a similar conviction of being of service to the greater good.
Some of our projects so far are:
• Homing: Assisting local organizations in western North Carolina whose long-term goal is permanent housing for our local homeless population – Homeward Bound, a nonprofit organization ending homelessness in Buncombe and Henderson Counties of NC , and Beloved Asheville , “We live on the margins and try to change the world. We seek to end homelessness, poverty, prejudice, and injustice. We believe in the power of community which is the heart of our mission.” We assist Beloved Asheville by transporting unused food from a local university to a facility where it is turned into a healthy meal that feeds over 150 people weekly.
• SEW, Supporting the Empowerment of Women: Creating and distributing kits containing reusable menstrual pads for girls and women globally, helping ensure they receive the benefit of a full education and/or are able to fulfill work commitments outside the home. Girls in many areas of poverty and developing countries around the world miss an average of 45 days of school annually because they do not have this most basic need and women in the work force stay home from income producing jobs. Presently we are working with communities in Kenya, Dem. Republic of Congo, and Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.
• PLANT (Promoting Life And Nature Together): We are developing a global assistance program based in permaculture – “a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.” Our goal is to help feed the world!
• Empower: A program to inspire, motivate, educate, empower and nurture at-risk youth to assist them in the discovery and implementation of their self-worth, value, skills and basic human rights.
We continue to DreamStorm our ideas, suggestions and visions to be of service and are always looking for those committed individuals who would like to get involved. If that’s you, please contact: Ymani Simmons [email protected]