|The Ladies from Luz y Libertad with students Itohan and Katelyn|
Interculturalist, businesswoman, writer, singer, songwriter, composer, M. Bertha "Betty" Ramos spoke to us about the work she has done in her career. She spoke about intercultural discovery and how learning about and experiencing different cultures is also a gift in self discovery. She shared with us her experience of living in Canada versus living in Mexico, and how things she used to not enjoy in Mexico were things she began to miss while in Canada. She explained that, in experiencing different cultures, especially when living in another culture, we learn more about our own culture and are given an opportunity to see the world in a new way. Betty Ramos shared her experiences of working and living amongst different cultures and was a living example of how in learning more about ourselves as social workers and as people in general, we can better provide services to those we work with.
|Eating amazing vegetarian food at Luz y Libertad!|
This week we also visited the Christian Base Community organization of Luz y Libertad here in Cuernavaca. The organization has been in action for 21 years involving programs such as self esteem courses for women experiencing domestic abuse, nutritional cooking classes incorporating wheat germ and soy, and an arts and crafts group. In everything the organization does, they strive to provide empowerment to those who participate in the programs, especially women. The self esteem course is aimed at providing the women a space to realize there can be more to their world than the cycle of abuse. The arts and crafts group is also an extension of this in which women are taught how to make things like bags in which they can sell to provide more income for themselves and to be less economically dependent on their husbands. The organization Luz y Libertad, and the leaders who spoke to us about the organization they started, like Betty Ramos are examples of the infectious effect of what happens when we live the change want to see in the world.
|The Church at Luz y Libertad|
"To change the world we must start by being the change we want to see." -Buddha
By Katelyn Stanoch
Ramos, B, M. Interculturalist Discussion. 20 March 2012
Garcia, A.T, Chaives, A.M, Alvarado, M. V., Saldana, E.E, Luz y Libertad Organization excursión. 23 March, 2012.
Full names of ladies from Luz y Libertad: Teresa Andrade García, María Alma Chaives. Victoria Maria De Leon Alvarado, Eustorgia Estrada Saldana