Via Tzu Chi Foundation.-
“Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is conducting a nationwide tour of the seminar “Love Without Borders: Empowering Zulu Women in South Africa” from end of February to mid-March.
Part of the seminar has been presented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women panel, a workshop sponsored by Tzu Chi on February 22, 2011.
The seminar features stories of a businessman who has led thousands of Zulu women to emerge from poverty.
These Zulu women not only transformed their own lives through hundreds of career training classes established by Tzu Chi, they have also been devoting themselves in caring for orphans and AIDS patients in their communities.
At this seminar, the attendees will meet in-person with two Zulu women and the businessman from South Africa. They will have the opportunity to listen to their inspirational stories, and watch video footages from their daily life in South Africa.
One of the Zulu women, Sheila-Gladys Ngema, was a victim of violence spurred by the segregation law; however, she overcame her hatred and is a living proof that love is the ultimate antidote to human antagonism and suffering.
She has been a Tzu Chi volunteer since 1995 and has become the first Zulu Tzu Chi commissioner in 2006.
Another Zulu woman, Tolakele Maria Mkhize, was a care recipient before; however, she overcame her own difficulties and began to volunteer to help others. At the age of 70, she is still energetic and eager to help.
Michael Pan, the businessman from South Africa, started volunteering with Tzu Chi in South Africa in the early 90’s. He established the first Tzu Chi career training class in Durban to teach sewing to the Zulu women.
The city now boasts more than 500 Tzu Chi career training classes, with over 5,000 Zulu volunteers.
These Zulu volunteers care for orphans and AIDS patients and provide the orphans meals every day through 120 plus “love vegetable gardens” which they cultivate themselves.
The average salary in Durban is less than $100 a month, but living expense is high as compared to income. Many Zulus live on the edge of poverty; but, despite this, they are doing all they can to help their fellow countrymen and women.
The “Love Without Borders: Empowering Zulu Women in South Africa” seminar will be conducted in New York, Washington DC, Boston, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami and Atlanta.
Please visit http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/contact/index to find the contact information.
Here in South Florida, this seminar will take place on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the Tzu Chi Miami Service Center located at 8070 Pasadena Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
For more information call (954)830-4370