A new friendship
I want to share what joining the World Pulse community has meant to me. Even though I only joined in June I have already connected with Betty, a phenomenal woman in Uganda. When I read her post about her vision for 'Teen Empowerment Uganda' I knew instantly that I had to contact her. Everything I read was what I have been saying myself about teenagers here in the UK.
It felt completely natural to arrange a skype call ... and when we spoke it felt like we'd known each other for a very long time. Isn't it just so wonderful that wherever we are from in the world, and whatever our cultural differences, we are all still women who have so much in common.
I so admire Betty's courage in taking the leap to make her vision a reality in the world ..... I learned a lot from her during our conversation. I've also found a way forward for myself ... by supporting Teen Empowerment Uganda (TEU) in whatever ways I can. I believe whatever model we create for educating and supporting Ugandan teenagers to find empowerment and self-esteem can be used just as effectively here in the UK .... and is needed just as much.
The aspect of TEU that moved me the most is the level of ignorance about menstruation and the lack of sanitary supplies for the young girls. All of this conspires to interfere with their self-esteem, their education and so their choices in life. Something so basic, and so easily solved, cannot be tolerated and I hope to harness my network in the UK to support TEU's work in this area.
We're both very excited about working together and are completely open to whatever feels right as we take this forward. In the meantime we're going to have fun getting to know each other more and bouncing ideas backwards and forwards across the globe. Will we meet in person? I certainly hope so .... but if not we can still make a difference together.
I want to say THANKYOU to team World Pulse for having the vision to create this amazing opportunity for women everywhere to connect with such ease.