The problems of children in war-torn, violence-ridden areas—“the disposable ones”—are so enormous as to defy hope. This is because at the core of every outreach to help at-risk children in strife-ridden hotspots is the invisible epidemic—traumatic stress—which undermines and destroys health, learning, family bonds, community life—hope. Yet now there is hope. With the support of the David Lynch Foundation, tens of thousands of children are being given a tool they can use for the rest of their life, a tool that can help them overcome the terrible stresses and wrongs they face literally every moment of every day of their lives.
Transcendental Meditation is practiced by children in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Muslim teenagers in the West Bank, and Catholic and Protestant kids in Belfast. The technique has such widespread application because it is easy for a child to learn and enjoyable for him or her to practice. The technique brings rest, calm, and peace to the heart and mind of a troubled child in the midst of a turbulent world. It boosts IQ and learning, reduces the symptoms of PTSD (fear, insomnia, hypervigilence, violent behavior), and reduces drug and alcohol addiction. It helps to empower any young person, no matter their circumstances, to rise above adversity and be successful in life.
In collaboration with national and state government agencies and school districts throughout Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina), Africa (Ghana, Kenya, South Africa), Asia (Vietnam, the Philippines, India), the Middle East, and Northern Ireland, the David Lynch Foundation is empowering students and homeless youth with the tools to overcome the traumatic stress and terrible adversity of their lives and to dramatically increase their chances for sustained achievement and success in life.
The street children in Colombia are called “the disposable ones.” These children are unloved, often abandoned, and endure terrible abuse. However, an extraordinary priest, Father Gabriel Mejia, has founded 47 orphanages throughout Colombia—Center de Fundación Claretianas—which are transforming the lives of thousands of children through love, shelter, and Transcendental Meditation. Here the children are freed from the torments they have endured, and begin to gain an education and find an appreciation for their own strength and the beauty of life.