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My Frontline Story Angle

I have been thinking and thinking and thinking about a possible frontline angle and title.
I do not even know where to start from at the moment. When the assignment was first posted, I thought it should be simple. I thought wrong.
This is what is on my mind right now and I want to share with you all for feedbacks-suggestions, corrections and guidance! as I put down thoughts about my Frontline Story.

I work more with children and young people from different backgrounds and communities.
I have come into contact with many girls, boys and young women through my work who desire to go to school but do no have the means to. I have seen many lives marked by poverty in both rural and urban communities. I know many young lives whose dreams are threatened by poverty and lack of education. I have listened to few old lives’ stories whose dreams have been marred as well by the same factors.

I have a dream of helping young men and women from poor background to get quality education and be economically independent. I want to help people full lives and be who they want to become.
I have seen how poverty can sting one’s soul; steal one’s, joy, pursue one’s peace and threatened one’s dreams…

My focus

I thought of writing about growing up in a humble home, living in a deprived community, raised by a single parent and daring to dream amidst all that.

I want to focus on sharing how these experiences
-Challenged me to wake up and take responsibility for my future and life and the lives of others
-Have threatened my dreams
-Helped me to curve a vision; to “see a world where women are assertive and economically independent through quality education”.
-Motivate me to take action to help needy children go to school, to mentor, coach and encourage young people from depriving/young backgrounds to take responsibility for their future and hold on to their dreams trusting God for help and support.

My challenge is unearthing buried pains, tears and scars as I begin my journey of writing the chapters of my life story.

I need feedbacks as I am not sure whether I am on the right track or not.

Comments

olakitike's picture

Nice one

Nice idea. I think you need to connect this to your country. How does your angle relate to the international scene? what solutions have you found? Those are the things I can think off right now. I am still cracking my brain about my assignment. I can identify with your challenge, our past pains are often like unwelcome house guests. they are there but we want to ignore them. I think you are brave enough to face the past. And if you feel fear, we are here 31 people who believe that you can!

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

I'm grateful

Dearie,
i am grateful for making time to post a cooment. i feel supported from you all. I have began relating the story globally and thinking about practical solutions.

I wish you well as you carck your brains. Best ideas come when we boil them in our minds and refine them.
All the best love and can't wait to read your story angle and the whole story.

Love,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Quite lovely

GIfty,

I can already start to see your story unfold. I imagine a weaving of your personal story with the current climate - social, economic and political - of your country. I envision you sharing your vision for the way forward. What it looks like, tastes like, smells like. How it feels to be in a society where women are "assertive and economically independent through quality education."

I think you are on the right track, but I am one voice. I will make sure you are introduced to your editorial "angels" so they can share their opinions, too.

Take a deep breath. Relax. Have fun! We are cheering you on.

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Hi Jennifer

Jennifer,
i am encouraged by your comment. I have began thinking weaving my story with current seasons in my country. i should be grateful to hear from many voices including the editorial angels.

I just took a deep breath!

Love,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Nusrat Ara's picture

A nice beginning dear. you

A nice beginning dear. you are going great. I am confused and worried about mine.

Nusrat

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

I guess it is natural

Nusrat dear,
i guess it is natural to feel confused and worried but i know we will all write beautiful stories. Have you been able to drop some draft lines about your angle? As for this very one i pray for plenty GRACE!

Love,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Dando's picture

Hey

I believe you are on the right track. By talking, writing about the fears and challeges,I understand is the only way you can be relieved and influence change.
Best of luck

Dando

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Dando dear

i am grateful you have added your voice to my story angle. With love and support from all of you, i get strength and courage to pour out what i need to and to leave a mark!

Love,
gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

theresab's picture

good start, with a vision

Hi Gifty,

You are off to a good start. Something that always strikes me about poverty is how resourceful people are within it. It always makes me wonder what they would be able to accomplish if given proper tools, i.e. education and opportunities.

I like the idea of using your own experience to illustrate what it is like for people in your country or area. It can dovetail nicely with what you say about your vision of a world in which people get education and are economically independent. Maybe you could interview some of these people and get details on what their dreams are? Then you could get into what stands in the way of these dreams, and perhaps get someone to offer analysis of what this is costing the country.

Improving people's lives is important for its own sake, but if your story could look at how improving their lives could improve the whole country's fortunes, then it could shine a ray of hope at the same time that it is describing the conditions.

Again, the story would always be brought back to your own experience, since that is the cornerstone of what you're writing about.

I hope this makes sense. I know it sounds very broad, so I'm hoping you take away some ideas from it for lines of inquiry rather than trying to write a huge analysis. These are my first story comments, so I'm still figuring out what the parameters are. ;-)

Thanks for reading, and good luck.
Theresa

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Thanks Theresa

Hi Tess,
i am really grateful for your time, thoughts and suggestions. and yes your suggestions make GREAT SENSE. I like the fact that you are giving me the opportunity to look at this story from a broader perspective as well.
It would be very rich to get some interviews to capture people's dreams, opportunities, challenges and threats and weave them to the story. how dreams are thriving despite poverty and lack of education.

i believe strongly that Education has a correlation with Development and vice versa and our greatest resource is human resource so that if you harness people's potentials through quality education the world would be developed to its zenith.

Many thanks again for your VOICE.
warm love,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Kathy's picture

writing your life story

Gifty,

From my perspective now having met you and seen the light of fire in your eyes, I am positive it will shine through in your writing. You can do it from your heart first, then make it pretty :). As I have done the red thread writing with Gail over the years, we wrote our life story and discovered our red threads that wind through everything we do. Sometimes our greatest wounds are our greatest gifts. I look at the loss of my mother at an early age as the beginning of my understanding of empathy and recognition of deep pain in myself and in others.Writing a life story will have many layers especially as you go between your story and the story of others. It is a huge challenge but profoundly inspiring! Good luck. You know where I am! I should have new headphones soon so we can talk (How about that for a reversal!).

Love you, Kathy

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Writing my life story

Dearest Kathy,
It is a special feeling hearing form you and knowing that you will be supporting me-encouraging me ;giving me strenghth. What is "red thread writing"?
I cannot wait to speak to you on Skype. Rehearsal is necessary Kathy.

Love you,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Greta's picture

Already Inspired

Dear Gifty,

Inspiration is what comes to mind when I read your story angle and look at your warm and wonderful smile. I can tell from some of your previous postings that you are a KEEN observer of your own life and the lives of those around you, and that you speak from your heart. For that reason, I believe you have already begun to tell a story that creates a visual image in my mind's eye that is very powerful. Keep exploring... It seems like as you write, you will unearth moments and circumstances in your own life, that were somewhat pivotal to leading you to where you are today, your story can be the inspiration for others in your country. If possible, I would like to know more about programs and efforts that are already in place regarding bringing educational opportunities to the forefront. Maybe, there you can uncover other positive outcomes that can and will be an inspiration to those that are coming up in the world.

Keep your dream alive Gifty, I am here to support you in any way I can and to admire you all along the way,

Love, Greta

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Thrilled

HI Greta,
i am thrilled to hear from you. Your comments have fueled me with so much energy and motivation and a reason to keep efforts to help other young people.

i am also happy that you would want to read "more about programs and efforts that are already in place regarding bringing educational opportunities to the forefront".

I have started writing and would be sending you the first draft soon.

Love,
Gifty

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

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