Change is to happen!
Creating change is far more difficult, but not impossible, than we think. I remember when I was in Grade eight, I had thought of helping my smoker community members to turn into non-smokers. Unfortunately, I failed. That time, I had asked for help to a Cancer Relief Society; I wanted them to come to my village and raise awareness against smoking. I took a small survey to know how many smokers are there, and then try to explain them the negative impacts of smoking that I had read in my Environmental Science class at that time. Perhaps because they were my elders, it did not suit a small girl to teach them. They might feel insulted, so they neglected me. Then after I could not continue my mission further and perhaps because of my weak effort, the Cancer Relief Society also could not help me.
What I want to tell from this personal experience is that there can be change if it is wanted, but it needs the support of the people who are responsible for the reason of the need to bring the change. I simply mean that awareness should come first. I also learn from my experience that we should be able to make people understand about the necessity of the change, and make them want to bring change. Along with that, our determination to bring change and transforming that determination into actions can be the solutions to overcome obstacles to creating change. Being women is not and should not be a barrier as some people, for instance, my community members might think. Similarly, we should have trust on ourselves, get trust form others and trust others.
I could think of money that can be another barrier. However, all the changes do not necessarily need money. Organizing campaigns for some awareness raising program might need money. But there is nothing to be fear of because we can raise funds as there are people who are willing to help those who want to work for the welfare of others.
The online communities like PulseWire give the support and courage to the one who want to bring changes in communities or in the world. Through the experiences of those who had struggled and are near to the destiny of bringing change, one can get motivation. They also help to give the ideas about how to move forward, how they overcome the obstacles; and they majorly show that change can happen. As I can feel, these online communities can be friends and guardians at the same time. Helping to establish good connections with people throughout the world through online communication, one can gather ideas, and refine them. In addition, such communication can make the fundraising easier. The online communities indeed can play a great role to overcome the challenges and barriers in creating change in the community.