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From Hope for Humanity to the Cape of Good Hope
Name: Nickeisha Hudson
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Dream Destination: South Africa
Companion: Mom, Step-Dad, Sister
Nickeisha Hudson, is a 36 year-old, single woman living in Mississauga, Ontario. Her journey begins with an escape. At age of 7, while living in Jamaica, she witnessed cruelty, racism and violence on a massive scale. She was repeatedly sexually assaulted from a very young age.
Political turmoil exposed her to unspeakable violence. Military enforced curfews were implemented as the only way to keep children out of the crossfire. When their neighbor’s sister was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity, they fled, immigrating to Canada to find a better life.
She did everything right. She excelled in the enriched program in high school, participated in student government and sports, she even ran for city council in order to educate members of high risk neighborhoods about electoral change. But hardship was not entirely behind her. She was in two car crashes, and the resulting injuries saddled her with chronic pain, making it difficult to work full time.She tried, unsuccessfully, to reconnect with her biological father in Florida. Soon after she suffered in a violent marriage, and after a miscarriage, fell into depression. She became suicidal.
But Nickeisha is nothing if not a survivor. Overcoming her past, she began volunteering at a crisis hotline where she helps others who are trying to take their own lives. By day she is a successful community social worker and life skills coach.
When Nickeisha reached out to A Ticket Forward, she spoke of South Africa. She remembers studying the Apartheid and being inspired by the student leader and activist Steve Biko. She watched “Cry Freedom” and “Serafina”, and cried all night for the connection she felt. For Nickeisha, a trip to South Africa isn’t a vacation: it’s a pilgrimage. A journey to a place where a dear friend told her one can “touch God.”
Nickeisha volunteers and lives on a disability pension. She can’t make her pilgrimage without your help. Every dollar brings Nickeisha a little closer to seeing her dreams come true. Let’s send this survivor on the trip of her dreams, and spread her story of hope and determination around the world.