We are not victims. We are endowed with so much potential provided we learn the tools and are exposed to the best examples.
- Chido Govera
What is it that encourages us in our most despairing moments? How do we hold on to hope when our lives are shaped by things outside our control?
In a society which suggests that the good life is there waiting - all we have to do is seek it out – we often fear that our lives will, despite our best efforts, be disappointing. Why should we expect positive outcomes or ‘a better life’, and how can we dare dream beyond what has been done before? Hope is one of the most valuable and challenging of human qualities. It leads to the most profound advances, and to our most spectacular downfalls.
Chido Govera is a pioneer of hope. She grew up as an orphan in a small village in Zimbabwe. With the death of her mother, Chido turned into a parent at the age of 7, mothering her brother and caring for her nearly blind grandmother. At the age of 8, she had already experienced the worst possible abuse, inflicted by a close uncle. She promised herself then that when she was older, she would save and protect other orphans from experiencing what she, and so many others, had suffered. Turning down a marriage proposal at the age of 11, Chido chose to take fate into her own hands in the most literal way – learning to farm mushrooms from local waste. She changed her journey to one of education and cultivation, and has now taught over 1000 orphans and young women to take responsibility for their lives and see the opportunities around them.
Join us for this intimate special event as Chido Govera shares her personal journey and explores how we can learn to cultivate opportunity from basic foundations. We will ask Chido how we can look differently at the choices we have in life, how tangible and realistic hope is in today’s society and, beyond a political slogan, what is the future of hope?
ABOUT CHIDO GOVERA
Chido Govera is a farmer, campaigner, and educator who teaches mushroom cultivation to thousands of people across the world. As a social entrepreneur in Zimbabwe and the founder of The Future of Hope Foundation, she has reached out to over 1,000 women in communities in Zimbabwe, Congo, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and South Africa and schools in India, Indigenous communities in Australia, and entrepreneurs in the US and Europe.
Chido Govera encourages the disadvantaged neither to consider themselves victims nor to be resentful and incapable of taking responsibility for changing their circumstances. Founding The Future of Hope Foundation and Orphans Teaching Orphans, Chido now works with fellow orphans and young women around the world to become change agents, promote responsibility for themselves and see possibilities around them.
ABOUT JILL STARK
Jill Stark is an award-winning journalist and author with a passion for social justice, human rights and LGBTI equality. She began her career in her native Scotland working for a range of titles in the national press before moving to Melbourne. Jill spent 10 years on staff at The Age as a health reporter and laterally as a senior writer for The Sunday Age. She currently works as a freelance writer, media consultant, journalism teacher and editor. Her work appears in The Saturday Paper, SBS Life and SBS Sexuality and she is a regular co-host and social commentator on ABC Melbourne and Joy 94.9.
Jill’s best-selling debut book, High Sobriety, was shortlisted for the Kibble Literary Awards and long-listed for the Walkley Book of the Year. Her next book, due out in 2018, is a memoir about her battles with mental ill health, exploring the human condition and the challenges of staying calm in a stressed out world.
18.15 Venue Opens
18.30 Welcome & Introduction
18.40 On Hope
19.30 Audience Q&A
20.30 Event Concludes
General Admission: $35.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee)
Please note there is no allocated seating for this event. Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.
The White House
11 Princes Street
St Kilda VIC 3182