We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.
The last few weeks have been tough on all of us–the covid pandemic has spread across the world, disrupting life and launching us all into uncertainty. This leads to anxiety, as we discovered in some of the comments to my last post on covid–and a heartwarming initiative has been started to address this. Today in the spirit of “In times of darkness be the light,” I share this heartening Covid story about The Goodwill Tribe:
“Their latest initiative is called Letters in the time of Corona, a digital version of their traditional letter writing format. The initiative was suggested by Nivendra Uduman, one of their volunteers from Sri Lanka. “We are delivering letters of love, hope, and support. If you know someone who is having it rough because of the pandemic, you can request a bundle of letters for them,” explains Sonia. This could be anyone who is anxious about the future, has lost their job, is finding it difficult to cope with social isolation, needs words of reassurance… In fact, one could request letters for themselves too. All one needs to do is fill up a form that is available on their Facebook and Instagram pages and share details about the person, their story and what they are going through. …..
There is also a form for those who wish to enrol as a volunteer and write these letters. Volunteers from each chapter then respond to requests sent from people across the world. Starting in Dubai, The Goodwill Tribe is now present in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Goa, Delhi, Sydney and Kuwait. Some of their members engage with them virtually from London, Germany and other parts of the world.
“We let the volunteers read the stories and respond to those they connect with,” says Sonia. The letters being sent out are heartfelt, filled with positivity and love.”
It is heartwarming to see initiatives like this one. While we must do more to assist those who have no livelihoods at the moment (check out genuine and effective Covid fundraisers here and here if you wish to contribute), it is also essential that we reach out to those who need emotional reassurance. If you see yourself as someone who wants to reach out with compassion and insight, you can fill up this form to start sending out validation and cheer in these Covid times.
What about you? What uplifting stories of humanity in action or human connection have you seen during the Covid pandemic? Would you like to volunteer to write letters for The Goodwill Tribe? If you know of anyone who would appreciate these letters of hope in the Covid times, you can request them HERE.
This post was the latest installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.
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