In 2016 Terence Lester, co-founder of Love Beyond Walls, walked 648 miles from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington D.C. to be a voice for people living in poverty. Beyond a voice, the goal was to lift them above the status of poverty and bring together a community of you and I to become part of the story of empowerment, light and love.
This year, Love Beyond Walls Documentary, Voiceless, will be released and we are honored that the $1000 See Beautiful Milestone Grant will be used to create a workbook used alongside the film to deepen conversation, move to action, and create more beautiful in the lives of those experiencing poverty. People experiencing poverty are often some of the most vulnerable, yet most worthy of love and kindness - two things that we are ever-free to give and cost nothing.
Together we can use our voices and we are honored walk alongside you, Love Beyond Walls.
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." ~ B.B. King
Join us in celebrating our newest giving initiative with the Kutemwa Foundation. The Kutemwa Foundation, alleviates the cost of schooling for young children in Lusaka, Zambia, by providing funding for required school supplies. Additionally, many children with whom they support are vulnerable to not being able to continue education or are orphans and must receive supplemental financial support to attend school.
Since schools in Zambia work on a trimester schedule, there are three points during the year they look provide funding for school supplies including books, pencils, paper and more to the tune of $6-7 per child.
Additionally, when the school year starts many children do not have the means to pay for tuition or school uniforms. And while this is only Kutemwa Foundation's first year of operation, they are working to collect livelihood gifts to bless children with for the coming year (i.e., soap, toothbrushes, etc).
How your purchase helps: Your purchase provides a child with required school supplies for an entire trimester. Additional funding from this Giving Initiative will provide tuition for students who need the supplemental support.
Connect with Kutemwa Foundation directly here, Facebook, & Instagram.
Do you know your story matters? It does.
Do you tell it? You should.
Kelly Rae Roberts tells her story, and it's a beautiful one that inspires others. This is a piece of her collection. Are you seeing beautiful? We do.
Kelly Rae Roberts' thinking about her work emulates the mission of See Beautiful. She shares, "My hope is that my work invokes a sense of clarity and peace within you as you walk your own path in life, and that it inspires you discover your own limitlessness."
We think this philosophy, matched with her art, exemplifies many ways to see beautiful:
1. Find clarity and peace in the every day.
2. Be inspired by art (and you define the art).
3. Discover your own limitlessness and be empowered by doing so.
4. Remember that your story matters.
5. Honor your voice and tell your story.
* Kelly Rae Roberts website * Kelly Rae Roberts blog * Kelly Rae Roberts on Twitter *
* Kelly Rae Roberts on Facebook *
Author: Lydia Criss Mays
Founder & CEO, See Beautiful
One mother was reminded of this simple truth the other day as she watched her 10-month-old son play with a tennis ball on the kitchen floor. He would pick up and throw the ball, then crawl to where it had rolled. She was delighted to watch him learn how the ball worked and what he had to do to continue this little game he was playing with himself.
Then, the two dogs who share their home with this new “little creature” came into the picture as they realized that, yet another of “their toys” had been taken over. Now, the dogs USED to be “the babies” until “the baby” came along, and they have been slowly but surely accepting him for 10 months now.
When the mother saw the dogs approaching, her thought was, “I guess I’ll have to pick the baby up and the game will end.” However, she watched with joy as her son and two dogs took turns playing with the ball! The boy continued throwing the ball, but instead of him “fetching” after it, the dogs did the work. The boy and dogs quickly learned their roles in the game and for the first time since the baby was born, the mother sat and watched the three of them play, in unity…and all because of a ball.
So, the next time you see a simple ball-think unity! Is unity beautiful?…YOU BET!!!!
Author: Rachael McGuiness Sullivan
Thank you to our See Beautiful™ contributing author, Lindsay Criss McCollum, who provided the See Beautiful Post for today.
"One of our Canadian friends is decorating her newborn baby's room with postcards from loved ones living around the world. It's a terrific idea to surround a child with images of people and places from foreign lands. Even better is the idea to surround a child with loving notes from friends on the back of such images. Surely the collection of postcards the baby receives will be special to her when she gets older. It's a wonder how the images and messages will influence her as she grows and learns about the world herself.
After choosing a card of Vienna to send to the baby, the daily routine of passing hundreds of postcards on the streets of Vienna is different now somehow. While no longer annoying obstacles to dodge, they have become thinking posts. Each card is now something to consider. One wonders, who will buy the card? What will be written on it? Who will receive it? And what influence will it have? Sure, there is the chance that it might not have much of an influence at all. But, considering the power that a postcard does have is quite beautiful isn't it?"
This is a postcard received from the See Beautiful™ contributor herself:
Ways to See Beautiful:
See beautiful in yourself.