Symposium Facilitator Networks West Africa

March 01, 2009 | By The Pachamama Alliance

At the 2008 Awakening the Dreamer Global Gathering, a Symposium facilitator, Gertrude Croe, made a commitment to bring the Symposium to French-speaking Africa. Below is an update about her success in making this happen.

“I wanted to let you know that I've kept the promise I made at the Global Gathering last year and I delivered the first symposium in French-speaking Africa, i.e. Benin. It was kind of a last minute decision as I was leaving Benin for professional reasons. So I made it a "living-room symposium", and had an audience of about 30 people. I had to adapt some of the presentation to the local context and I can say it was a big success. People were more than convinced and wanted more of it. The equivalent of "Pachamama" in our language is "Sakpata", which also means Mother Earth, and when she is angry she sends disease and pain to the world... Some said that it should be translated to the local language (there are 11 of them only in Benin!!!), and people were eager to form follow-up groups, to go and deliver the message especially to children, schools, local associations, and to find a means to get the message to government…

I am going to put the people in Benin in contact with our friend from Ghana so that they can start building a network in West Africa...One thing is sure, to bring forth a human presence on earth that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just truly is a universal message. Thank you Pachamama!"
Gertrude Croe