View from Our Hearts


I readily admit I have a much different relationship today with a mirror than I had when I was much younger. I have come to understand I probably had an unusually healthy perspective in my youth in the way I saw myself, as I truly believed I was beautiful and the whole world loved me. (I […]

What 20,000 Women Can Do


I stood on the platform in Pretoria, clutching an address and waiting for the Gautrain. My short journey to Johannesburg was about to begin, but the longer journey to this point began exactly two months earlier. While the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8 every year, in South Africa, Women’s Day is on […]

A Freedom Song For 68 Sisters


Laura Shook is a friend who walks the long road to hope with me. As pastor at Community of Faith church in Houston, she is a primary partner to our work at Communities of Hope. On one side of the ocean she energizes her Texan community, while on the other we equip our Batwa community. […]

Poets of Hope


The SheLoves reach is long and is now touching my African shoreline. (Big Smiles.) I recently met a beautiful friend through sharing my heritage story on SheLoves. So touched was this young woman by my story that she, as a fellow South African and poet, contacted me. After communicating for a number of months, she […]

My Freedom Road


By Siki Dlanga | Twitter: @SikeeDlanga I do not know my life apart from Mandela. Mandela is the reason I am able to write in this language today. He is the reason I am able to connect with the audience who will read what I have written about him. I cannot imagine my life without […]