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Split between two worlds…Are there others like me?...I feel so alone… My project, “Threads of Our Fabric”, seeks to capture the experiences of young African women who have been dispersed globally to culturally different and isolated locations. Young women, like me, whose futures were decided by external social or environmental factors.

In the silence of the night, two voices whisper. “Which child is more resilient, and can survive the hardships ahead? Who do we send first?” Two parents with hopes of providing a better life for their children come to an agreement to send their children to “the land of opportunities”. January 1997, a father took his only daughter at age 13 and handed her over to a woman she had never met before. This strange lady was to escort the little girl from Cameroon via plane to a new life in America, where her mother who had already journeyed on ahead was waiting. A family split apart by dreams, shuttling children one at a time, holding unto hopes of a better destiny than the options available for each child in their native land. A little girl learns the harsh untold realities of immigration…

I see World Pulse as a living movement that is inspiring and transforming the world through agents of change. I was introduced through a friend after a heartfelt conversation about the “Threads of Our Fabric” Project. Learning about this community and its values affirmed my belief that it reflects a sum of proactive voices from women across various communities choosing to rise-up against their status quo. I have found a supportive and nurturing community of women that are passionately hungering for change beyond their lives, but also in their various communities. Women outraged over just surviving, governmental complacency, and mass indifference. World Pulse is an opportunity to break the slow languishing torture of persistent sameness in life.

World Pulse has connected me to women and stories that inspire me to continue on the “Threads of Our Fabric”project; sharing with others a message “Though you are far from home, you are never alone. Together we can walk through this journey of life.” The picture attached to this entry, Soul Sisters , features members of a women’s group I have led since 2006. Hailing from Cameroon, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, but connecting in a new world as sisters. Though my trials may have been many when I arrived in America, the setbacks and successes have strengthened me. Though sorrows may come, the future is always bright because in the midst of the thick of whatever experience, there is a lesson to be learned and a gift from life. In my case - Sisters…The next phase of my project is developing an acculturation program for recently immigrated youth that can be adapted and utilized to provide them with an opportunity to thrive where the winds of life plants them.

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rach083's picture

great post!

Your sentence, " I have found a supportive and nurturing community of women that are passionately hungering for change beyond their lives, but also in their various communities. " I feel clearly states how I feel and why I also joined WorldPulse. I wanted a change from the "persistent sameness [of] life" as you also put it. This is a great article with a very strong sense of why and how you came to share on here. I wish you the best of luck of your "Thread of Our Fabric" project. It sounds like a wonderful program.

SAsong's picture

Thanks Rach

I appreciate your support. Landing on World Pulse was definitely not circumstantial...the energy from you and everyone else was the last bit of ingredient I needed to start turning my project to action. Thanks soo much!

Hugz!

laurabstull's picture

Wonderful Job!

Hi SAsong,

I've very much enjoyed reading your post, your writing is articulate and inspired. You are clearly very passionate about creating a community of voices. I agree completely that as women connect and support each other, they will collectively be able to change the status quo. That is why I am so excited to be a member of WorldPulse!

Good luck with your "Threads of Our Fabric" project, it sounds incredible! I look forward to reading your posts in the future!

SAsong's picture

Thanks!!!

I appreciate the support!!! I am beyond excited about this community. I really have seen communal support driving social change in a number of ways. World Pulse is awesome! I am honored that you enjoyed the post and I will keep writing about the project...this will be an opportunity to share the creation of a vision.

Hugz!!!

missjenn's picture

Hello

Hi SAsong,

You write so passionately! I love your word choice and descriptive style of writing. I love how you described World Pulse as a "living movement."

You definitely have leadership qualities and the creativity. I'm interested in learning more about your project, Threads of Our Fabric. Is there a website or facebook page? I couldn't find it.

Cheers,
Jenn

SAsong's picture

Thanks!

Hi Jenn...No there is not yet a website. I chose not to use facebook because I wanted a separate entity though I envision it being linked to facebook in some sort. I wanted the project to stand on its own, unaffiliated. I plan on enrolling in my local community college to take some webpage design 101 to equip me so I can play in developing the site.

Thanks soo much for your support. Hugz!!!

missjenn's picture

congratulations!

so excited for you :D

jenn

ShukThi's picture

Colourful thread, strong fabric

You have shared part of your motivations for the work you do, and your journey here to Pulse Wire beautifully, SAsong.
You offer such a compelling vision about reaching out and helping girls and women on the immigrant's journey thrive in new places.

ShukThi

SAsong's picture

The project has begun

Hi ShukThi - I have began connecting with others who experienced the turmoils and blessings of immigration to work on developing an acculturation program. I am soo excited!!!

Thanks for taking time to read this piece. Hugz!!!

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