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INDIA

I entered India on the May 2, 2010 to study Gender, Diversity and Transformation, a program supported by Visthar in Dodda Gubbi Village, Bangalore.

I was welcomed by a beautiful Finnish lady who happens to be a volunteer from Finland; Maija. She smilingly usheredme into this beautiful Garden Eden, where nature is nurtured, respected and preeserved. In due course, I was brought to the presence of several girls between ages 8-16. These girls were once dedicated to the temples, battered before but now resued by Visthar. They are beautiful Indian girls with stories behind each and everyone of these little eye. Conquest Stories. I sought and got permission to report these from Mercy Kappen and permission granted.

On the 4th of May, we were introduced to the topic about the Dalit society, these are lower than the lower caste! Dalit means oppressed, crushed or trampled upon, they are more thatn 18 million in India, they were the Untouchables, civilization, education and money could not erase this barbaric act, and I wonder what teh world is doing while watching. I cried uncontrollable and refused to be pacified, Dalit is the greatest act of man inhumanity to man. A young lady did a documentary on Dalit, it is titled Twinkle Twinkle Little Caste, so touching, I feared to speak during and after watching, she is being tortured for daring. There will be an interview session with her later on.

Unfortunately, the tears dried immediately I learnt about Dowry Death, record from just two government hospitals in Bangdlore alone shows that six girls commit suicide daily! There will be a visit to the researching organisation next week and will be reported live.

Through the eyes of women, so many beautiful and infuriating stories will be relayed to the World about our own Incredible India. There are two ladies, Nisha and Gopika who are interested in reporting from India!

Live from India,

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JaniceW's picture

Thank you

Olutosin,
I cannot express how moved I am by your accounts of your meeting with the young girls who have been dedicated to the temples and the Dalit women. By speaking on their behalf and telling their stories, you are raising awareness of these tragic acts of oppression and discrimination. Your voice lifts each young girl, bringing her closer to the light as we await with open hearts to listen to their stories.

You carry the love and support of the PulseWire community as you share their stories. Thank you, Olutosin. Your compassion and determination to make a difference is inspiring. With love,
Janice

olutosin's picture

SURPRISE

THANKS,
I thought I love African women because of suffering and all sorts of reason, but when I got to India, I discovered that I love WORLD WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN.

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

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jadefrank's picture

You made it!

Dearest Tosin,

You're in India!!! I am so excited to hear that you were able to raise the funds to go to the conference and have all of these amazing experiences, interviewing women leaders and learning about the issues women face in India. While some feel similar to issues women around the world are facing today, some issues are quite horrifyingly unique. But the thread that sews our lives together remains - that we are women, we have a story, and our voices must be heard.

I am so excited to meet Nisha and Gopika!

Please keep us updated on your experiences in India and know that your wisdom, power and energy is feeding our hunger for hearing the stories of women, for learning about your personal journey in India, and for celebrating in your journey!

Hugs,
Jade

olutosin's picture

YOU CANT BELEVE IT!

I do not know how I got to India! I was inpeenury but MA STARLAND SAID OLUTOSIN YOU CAN DO IT, I REPLIED, I HAVE NO MONEY, SHE SAID WHAT ARE YOU GOOD IN, I REPLIED NGO MANAGEMENT, SHE SAID DO IT THEN, I REPLIED, I AM DOING IT BUT IT IS FREE, SHE SAID BE PROFESSIONAL EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT ONE, FAKE IT FOR NOW.
THEN ASOME WOMEN CAME IN, OLUTOSIN WE HEARD YOU HAVE FREE TRAINING ON NGO MANAGEMENT
I SAID NO, NOW MOTHER STARLAND SAID IT IS NO LONGER FREE, I MUST CHARGE CERTAIN FEES IN ORDER TO BUILD MY SELF ESTEEM
THEY SAID THAT IS GOOD, IF THAT IS MA STARLAND'S PROFESSIONOAL ADVISE, WHAAT IS YOUR FEE FOR TRAINING NGO MANAGEMENT AND I REPLIED, 1,350DOLARS EACH PERSON
HUGH TOO HIGH AS THE REPLY
CALL ME WHEN YOU ARE READY
THEY LEFT
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, MY PHONE RANG, ONE OF THE WOMEN SAID OH OLUTOSIN, WE COULD NOT SLEEP, WE WILL PAY LITTLE NOW AND SOME MORE LATER
THAT IS NOT A PROBLEM, WE START LECTURES TOMORROW I CONCLUDED
I JUMPED UP AND TOUCHED MY SKY
THEY PAID LITTLE ADN I ADDED THAT TOGETHER AND MY HUSBAND ADDED HIS LITTLE TOO, NOW I AM IN INDIA HAPPY AND LEARNING ABOUT THESE WOMEN
I FAKE PROFESSIONALISM NOW AH AHA HA AHA

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

https:

Starland's picture

too precious

Dear Professional Woman
you go girl!!

love

ma 3709

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Even if not a professional before, I am one now......Please fill in the form with my receptionist before you come into my office ma.........................

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

https:

Starland's picture

hee,hee

Do I have to write down my age? :)

love you
ma

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

NatalieS's picture

India

All of your new India friends are richer by knowing you.
Best as always,
MaNatalie

NatalieS

olutosin's picture

I GOT NO MONEY

This is amazing, I never thought about that! There is a Peace school in Visthar where I made friends now with citizens of Myamar, Philipines, Indonesia, China, India, and all these friends will soon be on WP, after their exams, everyone is amazing. WP is doing great things unconsciously!

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

https:

Nusrat Ara's picture

Well Done Olutosin. I really

Well Done Olutosin. I really loved thw way you manged the trip with the advice of Starland. She is a gem.

You are a gem too.

Love

Nusrat

olutosin's picture

Oh yeah, its good

She has been a whole lot of positive influence in my life, thanks dear.....

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

https:

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