‘No mud, no lotus’ -Thich Nhat
A lotus flower begins growing at the bottom of a muddy, murky pool, and slowly emerges towards the surface, bursting out of the water into a beautiful blossom. During the night the lotus closes and sinks under the water, and emerges again with the sunlight of a new day.
To us, the lotus in the mud symbolises the hardships and difficulties that many of our participants have endured. As with the stem growing toward the surface of the water, we support our participants through their experiences, through their difficulties, learning lessons along the way, removing the obstacles and overcoming adversities. As the petals unfold, they too unfold, and become like a lotus rising from the murky waters and flowering into something beautiful.