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A Fairy Tale? No! The Ripples of the Pulse AGAIN and AGAIN!

My dear Pulse sisters,

This beautiful story is a reminder of the power of the Pulse.

The story started April 17 2009, ONE YEAR ago today, when through the PulseWire I contacted Lin from Project Africa announcing my trip to Uganda and Kenya and the possibility of meeting my Rafiki Mariamu in Lingalunga. The trip to Lungalunga did happen and what came afterwards has been a succession of almost uncontrollable events, the ripples of the Pulse, that have shaped and reshaped my personal and professional life. My bold idea of bringing “health by motorbike” to the villages that Project Africa serve in rural Kenya has grown to the point of shaking not only Project Africa but my University as well. I wrote letters, grants, requests, presentations… The result? In June 2010, I am taking three of my students and my 16-year-old daughter to organize a summer health camp for women and adolescent girls in Lungalunga, Godo, and Perani. We will also distribute mosquito nets for pregnant women and children under five, and will launch the “Mama-Toto Mobile Clinic” that will work during the year serving the three communities with basic equipment and basic medications.

Although it sounds like a fairy tale, in reality this is a direct result of what communication can achieve through the WorldPulse. I used the PulseWire to feel the pulse of women, the pulse of my sisters around the world (those who can reach the Pulse and those whose pulse is still awaiting), and I allowed the ripples of the pulse to take my bold idea and turn it into a fairly tale.

I am grateful to the World Pulse for being the bridge towards a healthier future for women and girls. I am grateful to sister Lin from Project Africa because everything she touches blooms in beauty. I am grateful to the Davis Foundation for Peace Projects, to the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, to the Wisconsin Idea Grant, and to the future donors for believing in my fairy tales.

Love to all of you.
Ara

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jap21's picture

Great!

These news are wonderful. I am so glad. I always knew that Linn is great. And you are great also for making this happen and touching the lives of women who need it.

Lots of blessing. Keep going. We see you. We cherish your work.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

JaniceW's picture

Hongera!

Ara,
Thank you for this tribute to World Pulse and it excites me beyond words that you, your daughter and students will be realizing your dream this summer. How I wish I could join you in launching Mama-Toto and can't wait to hear all about it. This is what we have been chatting about for so many months but little did I know that it would come to fruition so soon.

I am so thrilled for you and delighted that all your hard work paid off. Take lots of photos, and carry our best wishes and thoughts with you on this journey. You are indeed an angel and rafiki to so many. Blessings,
Janice xx

olutosin's picture

Worldpulse, our world

Worldpulse will soon become that world we dream of, I just believe in this dream. Thanks Araceli, for being who you are!
Worldpulse is the place to be.....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Khushbu's picture

Wonderful

This is such a good news.....it is so exciting to know that your daughter will also accompany you....it is such a great way to involve the young generation in the global movement.....way to go, wish you all the luck, and cant wait to hear the success story there.

Love
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

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