Being addressed as “Bahini” (little sister) is to me an expression of tenderness, of benevolence, as if I was offered a protective shield. More than a word, it is a symbol of my successful integration, an acknowledgment of my hard work, and a clear sign that I have earned my place here.
In Bahini, Lucie shares the most powerful moments of her three years spent as a volunteer with the Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y) organization, in the heart of slum neighborhoods in Bangalore and Kathmandu. Working for the professional integration of the poorest and most excluded young adults, she experiences the strength and resilience of these forgotten communities.
Lucie revisits her memories, guided by the eight pillars of joy discussed by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in The Book of Joy (published by Cornerstone, Penguin Random House). Calling on a wealth of true anecdotes, she illustrates these universal values that go beyond the volunteering experience and accompany her as she returns home to France.
A book for anyone interested in taking up a mission, but also for readers seeking meaning and adventure.
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