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Why I want to take part in VOF?

I knew World Pulse and Voices of our Future program from a friend. She knew my love for writing and my passion for web 2.0. I found the program really interesting and educational, so I decided to take part in it.

Long time ago, I wanted to become a journalist but my parents wanted me to learn something else. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to take part in a workshop and learnt how to create a blog. The love of journalism then came back to me again. Unfortunately, I could not follow any courses so everything I posted on my blog was the result of my will. When I read the announcement about VOF, I have completely fallen in love with the program. I knew then that this would be a great opportunity for me to get trained on citizen journalism. And by taking part into VOF, I discovered that World Pulse is a great women community where I feel that everyone is my friend, my sister, someone I can trust, where women can make the difference by bringing their voices for global solutions.

I take the opportunity to talk more about myself in this post. I am a young Malagasy woman. In my childhood, I knew that education is one of the greatest way for a better future. I loved studying and was always among the best. I already started to get responsibility. In high school, I was chosen to be the "class leader". I am a person who never wants to give up. When I was younger, for several months of the year, my father was not home due to his work. I am the elder child of my family. And I do not know why, I always thought I needed my family not feel that our father was missing. So at the age of 8 or 9, I already managed to fix our electricity, or a broken door... My mother owned a primary school. For 7 years, right after my high school degree, I had helped my mother run the school while studying. I really enjoyed it. Later, wanting to fend for myself, I prefered to leave the school to work for a bank for 5 years. Now, that my mother has gone, I decided to come back to the school and manage it. I am also the steering-committee of a local English Club which aims to promote the use of English language and helps Malagasy youngsters to improve their English. This club is co-working with a local newspaper and I became the chief publisher of a special English page. I am also launching my own brand of t-shirts "Alô Fô" which means "Moving forward", the philosophy of my life. I am married for a year now. And with all my activities, I still can manage to fulfill my duties at home.

VOF is for me an exciting journey where I expect to learn more about citizen journalism and acquire knowledge and new relationships.

Comments

Eliana's picture

Thank you ariniaina, I really

Thank you ariniaina,
I really enjoyed reading your post very much. You are a really active woman and very independent and for sure you have strong commitment to your community. You can be proud of yourself for your achievings up to now and that you are a self-made-woman. You are the example that it is possible to follow our dreams, to help others and to manage a family and household.
Thank you for showing us, that everything is possible if we really want it!
Peace to you
Eliana

Eliana

ariniaina's picture

Thanks

Hi Eliana,

Thank you for your comment.
Yes, we can say that I'm really active. Now that I look back and see what I do, I think sometimes I need time to smell coffee.

I really believe in dreams. Dreams are for me goals I will need to achieve in life. The goals can be little things not always big ones. I succeeded with some. My greatest achievement is my own t-shirt brand: Alô Fô. I am also happy to teach people the philosophy that comes with it. Guess what? I have dreamt of it in 2000 and 10 years after, I could find a way to realize it. I would advise all to also believe in their dreams.

Wishing you the best,

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

Eliana's picture

Hi Ariniaina, thank you for

Hi Ariniaina,
thank you for your reply. You are perfectly right. We should all start believing in our dreams because they come true if we really want to and if we don't hurt others. I believe in my dreams and I know they sooner or later come true.
Thank you for reminding me about that.
Hope to read from you again
Peace to you
Eliana

Eliana

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

'Once Upon a Time'

Dear Ariniaina,
I love the title of your journal-'one upon a time'. It wets my appetite to read your post. You have shared with us your personal life story and I have enjoyed every word of it. With your love for Citizen Journalism I can tell that you will are bringing change in your community. I have visited your blog and I love your writings.
I see strength and courage in you as you combine home, work and social activism.
Keep sharing your VOICE on Pulsewire.
Best of Luck

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

ariniaina's picture

Thanks

Hi Gifty Pearl Abenaab,

Thank you for your comment and for having visited my blog. The way you can guess how I am through my posts is touching me.

Why "once upon a time"? My mother said each one of us is making a story like in a movie. The difference is we have the right to choose what to do and not, what to say and not. As writing will stay forever, I thought my journal may keep my little stories.

I also visited your site. I love what you do with the youth and I sincerely wish you the best with what you're doing.

Cheers,

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

Laura in Portland's picture

Thanks

Dear Ariniaina,

I enjoyed reading your post. I thought you painted a very descriptive picture of yourself and the activities you're involved in. Best of luck with all you do,

Laura

ariniaina's picture

Thanks

Hi Laura,

That is so sweet from you. Thanks a lot. All my best wishes for you too.

Cheers,

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

rozjean's picture

Hi Ariniaina, My, you are a

Hi Ariniaina,
My, you are a very busy woman! It is to your credit that you are managing two careers and marriage and enjoying it all! It sounds like you have been a leader since you first took charge of your family when you were just 8 or 9.
Good luck with your renewed interest in journalism...between your English page in your local newspaper, your blog, and now VOF, you have an opportunity to truly make a difference.
With warm regards,
rozjean

ariniaina's picture

Thanks

Hi Rozjean,

Thank you for your comment and encouragements.

Best wishes.

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

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