YOU KNOW MY NAME, BUT DO YOU KNOW MY STORY?

Stories connect people. They help break down suspicion and build understanding. Until we know each other’s stories we can never fully trust each other. What’s your story?

 

 

 

 

 

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Go beyond the #hashtag with the power of story

Making your voice heard online is good. Making a difference offline is better. Stories shape the way we see the world.

 

 

 

 

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I hated being the dark one

Growing up with a dark complexion caused a lot of teasing and pain for Zama. She shares her story of overcoming discrimination and discovering her beauty..

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The Story of Preston Jongbloed

The Story of Preston Jongbloed

“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.

Learning and Loving through Friendship

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 changes the perception of the foreigner

Storytelling changes the perception of the foreigner

“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.

Storytelling can change a young person’s life

Storytelling can change a young person’s life

“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.

A lot of people can’t relate to how apartheid affected Coloured people

A lot of people can’t relate to how apartheid affected Coloured people

“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.

Reconciliation takes commitment

Reconciliation takes commitment

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 did not want to be a statistic

I did not want to be a statistic

“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.