Guest: Retrospective Program Dra. Adelia Maria
it Began - The Inspirational Leadership for a New Haiti" (Fourth in week-long series)
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Radio Broadcast July 5, 2012 (Original Broadcast April 2011)
Guest: Dra. Adelia Maria Batista
Dr. Adelia Maria Batista was born Adelia Maria Batista de
Souza in the state of Minas Gerais Brazil during the spring of 1963. The beautiful town of Sete Lagoas is known for its seven
lakes that define the beauty of this region. She is the oldest daughter of Domingo Lollobridga de Souza a lawyer and politician
and Idea Francisca Batista de Souza a teacher. Dr. Batista grew up in a large family with seven brothers and sisters.
Her life has always been immersed in spirituality
where joy and freedom is in abundance. This background is evident in her work today, reflected by an equilibrium and balance
taught through important values from birth. In this the recognition of Mother Earth and Father Sky guided and presented the
importance of liberty, freedom of speech and respect for fellow man. She also lives by the parodies of biblical context believing
that faith without passion is flawed. To achieve this she has always realized that education was the key to understanding
life’s rich tapestry. In that regard she worked as a teacher before moving into the medical field.
She married at an early age bringing up four children during which
she continued to study at medical college. Her eldest daughter was born immediately following her graduation party during
which she had danced for many hours in celebration. Dr. Adelia Maria Batista has now been a medical doctor for some eighteen
years. Her four children Iara, Ulisses, Thais and Ana Carolina remain by her side since her divorce and have become her mainstay
Dra. Adelia Maria Batista in Haiti - Courtesy Adelia
Maria Batista © 2011
She is a humanitarian and has worked endlessly towards
honoring the goals of that position. Since a young age she has been involved with many charities and organizations including
rotary for teenagers, youth church groups, the Saint Vincent charity, meditation groups, musical and dancing teams and theological
studies. Her love of music led her to learn the guitar and sing from an early age. This activity directed her life towards
the creation of bridges between people who shared her pastimes. During this time she also learnt five languages realizing
the importance of communication in a global marketplace. All these emerging lessons brought a sense of advocacy towards justice,
peace and sustainability in a world where suppression and addictions are clearly evident.
Also during this journey she realized the importance of sexual education and subsequently became
a sexologist working passionately in a challenging field of medicine. As this work expanded she became acutely aware of the
hypocrisy in an area of life where people close their eyes to basic and essential truths. She successfully developed a program
in adult sexual education called K.I.S.S. – M.E. © The resulting projects involved involvement in the field of
sexually transmitted diseases, where she worked with HIV patients for ten years. She finally became state coordinator in the
Brazilian HIV-AIDS program. She moved eventually into the non-governmental organization arena engaged in the same pursuits,
including focus on sexual diversity where she remains to this day. As part of this NGO work in the humanitarian field she
realized the out of date principles evident in a system serving global crises. To expand her own capabilities she looked at
courses dedicated to further education in pursuance of this work. Global Medic Force in New York deemed to meet those needs,
but as of yet she has not had the opportunity to put them into practice.
Rebuilding Haiti - Courtesy Adelia Maria Batista ©
In 2010 she worked in Haiti following a deadly natural disaster
that left many people suffering from Cholera among many other epidemic diseases. The organization Doctors without borders
invited her to tour as a voluntary MD which was to immediately become an honor and profound opportunity.
Dr. Adelia Maria Batista came away from the experience realizing
that Haiti as with so many countries finding themselves in the same circumstances, does not seek charity. They instead require
support and subsidies in the form of tools and mentors towards basic facilities in health care, education and nutrition.
The idea and creation of the book “Bridges: Life’s
Connections” was birthed during her time in a country she came to love. It is to associations in Haiti one of which
was introduced by fellow Dr. Jhon Douyon, that she has devoted this book to and hopes that the sales support their causes.
After a life’s yearning in finding the idea of developing bridges between people and places she has now met the dream.
The projects has been adopted by many friends made over
the internet and they themselves have reached out in becoming contributors and friends. She receives photographs of bridges
from many people who share her love for places full of memories and solidarity. Among them the well-known advocate for peace
and justice Patch Adams has reached out to support the book.
Most recently she asked writer, humanitarian and broadcaster David William Gibbons to co-author the book.
He accepted believing in a project that illustrates parity with his own programming ‘Crossing over the Bridge.’
Child at play, Haiti - Courtesy Adelia Maria Batista
Her passion to write has now come to fruition following
many years of encouragement by Jamaican writer Leroy Heggin. This journey and point at which she now finds herself, brings
alive the means by which a dream can become a reality. By connecting with a world of contacts she has found the solution to
telling her truth and faith in humanity. From the emergency rooms in Brazil, work as consultant in the STD-AIDS area to her
private surgery schedule, she passionately continues the dreams and visions held for a lifetime. She believes passionately
in free speech and continues to prove the impulsive and rebellious character that has defined her life’s journey. In
her private time away from work, she enjoys the writings and work of people like Patch Adams, Elton John and Carlos Drummond
de Andrade. Saint Francis of Assisi is a hero since childhood. Even her own cook Ana Lucia has taught her immeasurable lessons
in the way in which all people from all walks of life can become teachers in their own right and a bridge to other souls.
Dr. Adelia Maria Batista is
a devoted professional, loving parent and advocate for fairness and justice; attributes that she hope to emerge from her book
“Bridges: Life’s Connections” launching in the future.
- Life Connections"
Synopsis by Adelia Maria Batista
The idea behind this book was born in the
cool Haitian nights during my tour in this wonderful place as a medical doctor. The chapters and each story encapulated within
them came slowly. Each inspirational story emerged during my time with these incredible people who themselves inspired me
to connect souls through collaboration.
Authors: Adelia Maria Batista & David William Gibbons
Alan Lee Altizer
Booski Brown Paula
Jhon Evenst Douyon
Luiz de Aquino
Current as of April 2011