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Zimbabwe: Transcendental Meditation program for at-risk women
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7 June 2021
A new scholarship program is providing training in skills and instruction in the Transcendental Meditation program for women at risk in the impoverished town of Zvishavane, Zimbabwe.
When mining in Zvishavane ceased in 2013, it left the local community without livelihoods. Friends and family of Peta Axelsson recently created a scholarship program in her name to provide sewing and design skills, coupled with instruction in the TM program, to give women and girls in the community a chance to become self-sufficient with creative work they love and that will benefit the community.
Peta Axelsson was born and raised in Zimbabwe and later moved to Sweden with her family. Even though Peta continued to live in Sweden, her love for Zimbabwe and its people was endless. She said, ''I long for Zimbabwe... the jacaranda trees, the smell of rain on the African soil.''
Peta had learned TM in 1972 while she was a student at Cape Town University. She later trained to be a TM teacher, returning to Zimbabwe to become the national director of the Transcendental Meditation program.
In recent years, while living in Sweden, Peta learned of successful schools in Africa, Asia and Latin America where underprivileged girls are taught TM, resulting in wonderful academic and personal benefits. Programs were also established in Uganda and Tanzania for women enduring extreme hardship. These courses resulted in self-empowerment, focus, stronger entrepreneurial capacity and better family relationships.
Peta wanted to create the same initiatives in Zimbabwe. The foundation established in her name will continue to aid women and girls at risk. The first group of ten women completed the TM course in May. Their enthusiastic response has inspired others to request an expansion of the program.
SOURCE: Adapted from TM for Nurses Newsletter
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