Bene (age 7) is my personal hero. He stopped talking at the age of three upon witnessing his father's murder. His fear and heartache that masked his voice kept Bene from progressing in school and he began regressing in many ways from bullying. I had the chance to meet Bene in Goma, Congo along with his Mom and members from his school We talked about ways to support and empower Bene. He watched, with hopeful eyes, trying to believe his voice was worthy. After a few months of support and resources, Bene gave himself permission to speak. It started with a few words and today, he is full of laughter and smiles. When we love others, with our whole heart, it shows them they're worthy of love too. Today, let your voice be a gift. It is.
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