In visiting Malawi in Africa recently, the notion of a support group has really come home for me. One of the things I will do more consciously now I’m home is set up a group of people who can support me in my ‘biggest life’, and I can support them. Not as friends and mates but in a more accountable way.
THP’s work is more in the ‘software’ of human capacity: vision, leadership, shifting the mindset, rather than the ‘hardware’. This ‘software’ is the often invisible platform for all the amazing results. Central to this are support groups. I met with the Mothers to Mothers group who have as their responsibility seeking out pregnant mums, making sure they have good nutrition, get to a safe birthing centre etc. Or the Agricultural group who train others in better farm practices to increase yields. All are volunteers, all have clear accountabilities, all are touching lives in a way that builds esteem, courage, resilience and accomplishment.
Central to their success is that they do it together. Women supporting each other, laughing, walking together, making stuff happen