Father Babychan Arackathara has been working as a chaplain in SA’s prisons for over 20 years. He is an advocate of the the human rights of prisoners and has a remarkable track record of restorative justice, bringing healing to offenders as well as victims and their families. He tells the stories of prisoners in a way that exposes us to new ways of understanding.
“We make everything in our lives an excuse not to succeed.”
What happens when the dream you have as a child doesn’t come to pass? Or when the people around you don’t believe that good things could happen to “people like us”?
As a young boy growing up in Heideveld on the Cape Flats, Preston Jongbloed dreamed about becoming a professional football player and flying on a plane.
But just as the dream began to come true, disappointment set in.
He shares his story of not letting your upbringing or background stand in the way of your success.
When we take time to know people from other generations, our experiences are enriched by theirs. Justine and Ivy have decades between them, but their bond is made strong by mutual respect and love.
“Storytelling can bring understanding and healing.”
As a foreign national moving to South Africa, Pastor Stephen Mzee has not had the easiest life. But he knows the power of storytelling in shaping perceptions of “the other.” He shared his story with his congregation and saw profound results through the What’s your Story process.
“Al lank voor dit het ek kos as ‘n crutch gebruik.”
Amanda vertel oor haar stryd met eating disorders, wat na daarna toe gelei het en haar daaglikse geveg om dit te oorwin.
“Young people love telling stories about themselves but they don’t like being vulnerable.”
Nathan Carolissen is a youth pastor at Every Nation, a Cape Town church that has rolled out What’s your Story. He shares about overcoming issues of identity as a young person, and he reflects on how the storytelling process has impacted the lives of the young people in his youth group.
“Too light to be black and too dark to be white.” A sentiment shared by many Coloured people, including René Moses.
Growing up under the apartheid regime, René recalls how her own family was almost torn apart because of different skin tones.
She shares her story on how storytelling can impact our nation and break down stereotypes.
For many people, we spend most of our time at work with our colleagues, something which can be difficult if we have not made the effort to get to know them beyond their ‘professional clothes’.
“I’ve got to make the decision, do I want to be a statistic, or do I want to be there for my girls?”
Tracy and her daughters share their courageous story of leaving a home filled with abuse and violence.
Arlene August tragically lost both parents as a teenager – a loss that impacted her even more after she got married.
Sharing her story with her husband taught her acceptance, and gave her hope. This is their story. https://youtu.be/b9T63_rWta4