Red Bubble has been such a great place for me to raise money for the wonderful work of HEAL Africa, that I wanted to acknowledge here that sadly the co-founder of this wonderful Congolese organisation passed away last night from cancer.
Just some brief facts about her life:
1. She was english and 62.
2. A few months ago she was awarded the world renowned Opus Prize. A $1 million faith-based humanitarian award given to people who make extraordinary inroads in to
areas consumed with social and political and gender violence.
3. She came to Congo in 1971 from England as a teacher and met and married Dr Jo Lusi a congolese born Doctor.
4. They had two children.
5. They founded HEAL Africa in the war torn eastern province – in an area deemed to be the ‘most dangerous place in the world to be a woman.’
6. Amongst other remarkable acts Lyn founded the Neamiah community. An organisation by which all faiths can come together and resolve differences peacefully and co-operatively without fear or favour. (She once said to me she felt it was what ‘real’ Christianity was supposed to be about; non-judgemental love).
7. She and Jo built HEAL Africa up to be a mighty force in helping the poor, desolate, raped, butchered and lost souls of Congo.
8. She was I can say beyond any doubt one of the most remarkable people to have graced this earth.
9. Her final words were ‘tell them not to cry.’
10. Thousands are expected at her funeral. She without question saved literally thousands upon thousands of lives.
Not a bad innings.