Martine, leads a group of Art of Living youth leaders
She emailed a report and pictures of the street children the group is working with. She signed off with I love you. Big kisses. This email was sent just hours before the earthquake ripped open her neighborhood. Martine, 22, wants to dedicate her life to empowering her people. For some days, volunteers had not heard from her and were unsure of her fate. Then came the news. Martine survived. She lost her home, and had no relatives to stay with. Through our Indian Art of Living family, we (the American volunteers) found an Indian family who have taken Martine, her mother and brother into their home. Her text this morning said: "Thank you. You don't know how you've helped us by finding us refuge. I love and thank you with all my heart."
Whitney Bank, Katrina Survivor
The course gave me much more than I expected. I was able to feel free and relaxed. I was able to find some peace where I had none. I had a feeling of peace, greater awareness and relaxation- something I didn’t think I would feel again.
A member, Art of Living Foundation Trauma Relief Sichuan Mission
No matter how much you have seen and heard, nothing. nothing, can possibly prepare you for the tragedy that hit the Shifang Middle-School. One hundred fifty students and teachers perished under the debris and rubble when four floors collapsed onto each other.
Ashfaq, aged 15 years
I used to feel that my brain has stopped working, there was no retention power left, now after the course I am feeling very fresh and I am thinking about the future.
Ishfaq Ahmed, 13 years
I used to be very depressed and I wanted was to die and there was severe pain in the knees now the pain is gone so have bad thoughts.