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Dear Friends,

Welcome to The Meah Foundation website. I want to share with you a little of my story. The Meah Foundation was born out of my personal experience of child loss and the journey of healing that followed. My daughter died as a result of my labor being induced at 38 weeks with the drug Cytotec, also known as Misopristal. My uterus hyper stimulated, and tore from top to bottom in two places. My daughter Meah, deprived of oxygen, never made it into this life. Her death left me feeling every emotion imaginable. I wrestled with deep aching pain, constant sadness and hurt, but I also battled anger, hatred and a sense of powerlessness. I knew that if I were going to find healing and grow in a way that was conducive to living life with purpose and true meaning, I would have to make something good out of this tragedy. I wanted to find a way to heal and empower myself and others.

After hearing a story shared by Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of Left To Tell, I felt called and inspired to make a difference in this world. My desire to help led me to travel with Immaculee to Rwanda, a decision that would change the course of my life forever.

While traveling through Rwanda, I listened to stories from men, women and children who had experienced genocide. We laughed, we cried. Sometimes we held hands and hugged when we could not understand each other. Although I had come to ‘help’, it was the people of Rwanda who helped me learn how to forgive and heal. I found for the first time since Meah died a very powerful transformation taking place within me. With every new story, I felt my heart open and the energy of anger and powerlessness shift and change to love, forgiveness, and a sense of empowerment. Slowly, I remembered I had a voice and began learning how to use it. I now found myself standing before hundreds, sharing my story and the stories of those who had touched my life and changed me in profound ways. I began to see how the power of stories could impact the lives of others and move people towards positive action all over the world. I felt new found hope. I began to tell a new and empowered story of love, compassion and gratitude. Through pain and grief there can be found the greatest of gifts and blessings; through life, loss, and transformation, we learn the greatest of life’s lessons, thus making us feel whole and complete again.

The connections I made with people and the power of stories I experienced and shared with others, showed me that my daughter Meah—whose name in my family’s native Greek means ‘One’— came into this life with great purpose: she teaches me that one story can change a life. One story can heal a heart and transform a mind. One story at a time, we can change the world. This is the purpose I want to pass on to individuals and communities through The Meah Foundation and its projects. I hope you will join me in believing in the possibility of change, one story at time. butterfly bullet Welcome to the Website

Tina Klonaris-Robinson

10 Responses to “Welcome to the Website”

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you are talking about! Bookmarked.

    • Jennifer says:

      once about visiting the death camps in Germany and Poland ..sometimes we have to force ouvrelses to feel the haunting pain of those who have gone before us so we can continue the fight to ensure it never happens again. I am keeping you, Chad and the boys in my thoughts and prayers as are friends in my parish prayer chain. I so admire your courage and sense of adventure. Blessings to all. Mary Margaret

    • Joao says:

      I watched Hotel Rwanda with my wife. As a soidler, I couldn’t come to grips with how the UN stood by doing nothing as the genocide occurred. The UN tied the hands of the Canadian forces that made up the peace keeping force with rules of engagement that made no sense. One million people were murdered in 3 months. And the world did nothing. Take it all in, this sounds like an awesome opportunity. Isn’t that makes life worth living?

  2. Simone says:

    I know how hard this journey has been Tina but we can only thank you for your strength in sharing this with us all and helping us and guiding us towards the possibilities that change can bring through the sharing of stories and forgiveness.

  3. Mhaola says:

    The coup or genocide of Rwanda was a thuohgt out and planned attack knowing what they knew of the previous events in Somalia. They knew killing ten Belgians would break the back of the enforcers who would try to go into Rwanda and keep the peace. Now the world just watched as the genocide took place not just the USA but, no one sent troops in to keep the peace or to engage in stopping the killing.

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  7. Barbara Christofilis says:

    I too live in New Providence. I saw Immaculeé when you had her come speak here at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church. I was primed for the speech as I had already read Left To Tell. I could say i “stumbled” upon your website only I know there are no coincidences in life. I have read every word of the stories told here. Thank you for telling them. I admire you immensely for making your tragedy a triumph and for impacting the lives of so many.

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