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Journeys that have changed my life!

one of my most beautiful journeys - my kids

When I look back on my 26 year old life, I sometimes wonder how I have come so far and how I have been so lucky...
At age 8 I was in Standard 4 and my teacher called in my parents (and I think my folks thought "oh what has she done again this time???!) but it seems i was far ahead with my studies and it was suggested I skip a class.

The education system in Malawi works as Standard 1 to Standard 6 then Form 1 to Form 6 if you follow the GSCE syllabus but Standard 1 to Standard 8 then Form 1 to Form 4 if it follows the governments syllabus. I was sent from a GSCE syllabus school to a Malawi Government School and I did not only skip one class it ended up I skipped 4 classes.

I was sent to an all girls boarding school 4 to 7 hours away from my home (depending on if its by bus or car) and I ended up being the youngest student all my secondary years. I did not only have to deal with a brand new syllabus and learning new subjects like Agriculture, Bible Knowledge and Chichewa (our local language) which I had no prior knowledge of, but I had to fit in socially with the other girls who were teenagers and older (average 14 up to 25 years).

But somehow I managed to fit in, had lots of friends, passed my junior exams, then graduated. I later re-sat my senior exams to get better grades but it still ended up with me being in a technical college at age 14.

As I had no idea what I wanted to be when I "grew up" and my parents let me decide for myself i ended up not actually studying for 1 degree but went to get diplomas in Business Admin, Marketing, Hotel & Catering Management and Secretarial Studies.

At 18 I had my first child, got married and had my second child at 21. I own my own Bamboo product making business on a small scale - hoping to expand once i have a modern functioning workshop which is in the plans for next year, I work as a travel consultant from 8 am to 5 pm, I founded Self Advancement for Youth in Malawi which I work on Part time but what I am passionate about, I am trustee for The Women's Club which offers marketing and networking opportunities to women via an e-e-newsletter and conferences and trade fairs, I am a member the Young Women Leaders Network which goes to girl secondary schools acting as role models in different professions, I am secretary for the Catholic Women Organisation for my Parish. I am involved in other volunteering activities as well and all this is thanks to the internet.

I dont know how I manage to find spare time in my hectic schedule for the internet but thats the beauty of it and I have found opportunities of going abroad to attend conferences and I am currently completing a 6 month fellowship project in the Philippines. But I have learnt that as much as I have a family and responsibilities, I need time for me and maybe thats where the Web comes in - it helps me to travel, it helps me to find opportunities, it helps me to relax and its something I do by myself - sit in front of the computer and journey by myself. I have been luckier than most i think, but I have also worked hard And so far these journeys that I am taking on my couch are changing my life for the better and I can never wait to find what opportunity and friend will be available to me a second after i click my mouse!

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bintu's picture

i am impress

it quite and impressive start, and i am sure you learned alot. while pushing through, you are empowered to speak for your selft. pass it over.
Women most leave again, good luck
Bintu

bintu

sahar's picture

A role Model

Hardly do we find women who could manage being brilliant students workers and mothers.
Many blessings .

Sincerely

Sahar Nuraddin

follow me @snuraddin
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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
- Helen Keller

Rosebill's picture

wonderful comments

thank you so much for your encouraging words, they motivate me more

Rosebill Satha
Chairperson
Self Advancement for Youth in Malawi (SAYOM)
P O Box 30621, LILONGWE, Malawi

ccontreras's picture

You've done amazing!

I really enjoyed reading your post! It's interesting to find out how schools operate in different countries. I find it fascinating that you have managed to be a mother, entrepreneur and advocate for women. I am sure we will hear a lot from you in the near future!

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

Lisa T's picture

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Rosebill,
I enjoyed reading your post. You do a great job of transitioning from your personal journey to how online communities facilitate your activism. I think you also do a good job of emphasizing how the internet positively impacts your life and helps your reach your goals. The only thing I was wanting to know more about was how you came to be interested in joining so many women's volunteer programs. Was there a specific moment or event that really made you want to become part of those programs?

Thanks for sharing, I look forward to reading more of your entries!
Sincerely,
Lisa

Rosebill's picture

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Hi Lisa
I have always been someone who has been interested in being a voice for the underdog - people who know me will tell you that its probably because i love to hear myself talk LOL - and in a developing country there are a lot of issues especially on women that need to be addressed. I have been blessed and lucky that I most of the time have the ear of the right person to make a change hence people include me in their activities for that and for my reliability... I just love the feeling that i get when i change someones life for the better thats what i feed off on

Rosebill Satha
Chairperson
Self Advancement for Youth in Malawi (SAYOM)
P O Box 30621, LILONGWE, Malawi

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