"VOF Mentor Love Letter"
As-Salamu alakum or peace be upon you.
Let me introduce myself to you.
I was born in a big rural family composed of 6 brothers and 2 sisters. My father named me Halima after his deceased mother, who died when he was a baby. Halima means a patient person.
I am a journalist from Sudan, the biggest country in the heart of Africa and a "melting pot", i.e. rich in ethnic, dialects, religious and political diversities. Arabic is my mother tongue.
In the milieu where I was born, absence of the term "gender" didn't deny us gender awareness. For example my illiterate parents, who were reluctant as to female education at the beginning, encouraged me to the end. I had a Bachelor of Arts in French language and a higher Diploma in translation (Arabic-English). (For more details you can visit the following link: "THE POWER OF EDUCATION": (http://www.worldpulse.com/node/8729).)
My father who cherishes me, is now hanging between life and death and my only wish is to sit beside him as in the old days, hold his safe hand in mine and with a proud smile on my face tell him how I started this blessed journey on the Pulse World our "start over house" and how a great mentor is going to help me finish the road and hear his lovely trembling voice congratulating me in his usual way: "Mabrook".. (Congratulations) You are my baby. Alas! That is an unattainable wish.
Why am I telling you all this? Simply, I feel comfortable talking to you about my history. You are the person who will open new horizons before me. With Your instructions I will be qualified to be the voice of a large segment of women in my homeland.