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Born and raised in Samoa to a Persian father and Australian / Canadian mother, Nava has a sincere desire to work within culturally diverse settings, while considering herself a world citizen. Nava completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology before going on to complete a Masters in International Public Health and had the opportunity to work for the UN in Vietnam before meeting the love of her life and becoming a mother to three beautiful boys. She has chosen to focus on staying home and being fully present while her boys are still young and continues to be of service to her community as best she can. “Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” ― Baha'u'llah

The Individual, Institutions & the Community: Personal Reflections on the Three Protagonists & Raising Children

The Universal House of Justice, in its 26 November 1999 letter to the Baha’is of the world, defines the principal actors needed to build vibrant and open communities that will advance humanity towards realizing its oneness. These three protagonists are: the individual, the institutions, and the local community (and you can read an introduction to this concept here). Through their collaborations, advancement is possible in all our endeavors.

As a mother with love for the world and concern for the wellbeing of all children, I continually find the need to pause and reflect on what’s happening around us. It is hard to ignore the implications of raising children in this period of history. I wanted to explore this subject as it relates to the three protagonists and how they advance civilization. Continue reading