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Barry Hinton is a model of Palms’
mission. A builder of capacity at the grass roots, engaging Australian communities and personally sharing worlds of meaning in the deepest sense. Barry’s moving eulogy for his wife Noimia emphasises how such sharing has enriched him with great joy, yet made him vulnerable to the depths of pain. Also included is a focus on Palms’
work with people with disabilities, often the most marginalised people in majority world communities (as in “developed” countries) where a lack of resources compounded by a lack of understanding and respect can diminish the dignity of the individual. Adrienne Shilling, a participant on Palms’
recent 85th Orientation Course reports on how the field trip opened her eyes to “another country” in her own backyard. Of course there also are our regular Letters from the Field.
In such a jam-packed issue it would be easy to overlook the call for involvement in Open Hands Day. This event provides an opportunity for communities and individuals to demonstrate their desire to open their hands to the world around them. Please read the Director’s Report and visit our Open Hands Day page for more information on how you can be part of our extraordinary and important mission.
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We also need to be careful in development programs that we do not further destroy the dignity of those we believe we are assisting.