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My Journey To Pulsewire

It was November 2008, when I got the opportunity to participate at 2009 AWID forum in S.Africa.
During the forum I meet Leah Auma who introduced me to PulseWire.It was a great opportunity for me to meet other women and read their stories on line.

My main objective of joining pulsewire was to get knowledge skills on how adolescent girls in Kenya can lobby and advocate for their issues online , create awareness on GBV and SRH and also share personal stories to mentor and motivate each other . I posted my 1st story in S.A.

The organization I work with does not have internet supply .When I arrived home, I share with the rest of my colleagues in the office and happily set aside a small budget to train 6 girls on use of blogs and other social networking sites for advocacy and sharing personal life experiences .The training started very well, toward the end of the training, the internet charges became very expensive for us to continue with implementation .With all the girls being less-fortunate and barely can’t afford to travel to the city center(Nairobi City ) to access internet and also pay for the 4 hours internet, we were forced to terminate the training prematurely. What pained me most was, I dint get to the point of introducing the women online communities like Pulsewire .I encouraged them to join but until today most of them have not joined.

Most of the adolescent girls are interested to learn more on how they can use ICT to advocate for their socio-economic challenges or even share their best practices, resources and challenges, but it is very expensive to implement the project.
Where I am now is to resource mobilize for the project and trying to see the most affordable and accessible ways most of this girls can get and use ICT to change their lives and people around them. Educated or not, I believe the is a space for all women in technology.

Comments

irmia's picture

Hope you'll find a way :)

Hey Felistah:

I love your honesty.
Implementation of a great idea is very challenging, but I am sure you'll find your way :)

Keep the faith!

Cheers:
Mia

Julie Tomlin's picture

Hell Felistah

It's so important that you write about the obstacles you faced in getting the project together because others need to understand about the problems women face in accessing the tools. You must have been very disappointed but I hope that you find a way forward. I'm sure you will as your determination and strength is evident.

Yours,
Julie

@julietomlin

Julie Tomlin's picture

Sorry for missing the 'o'!!!!

!!!

Yours,
Julie

@julietomlin

gracewithfire's picture

Great Work!

You are one brave and determined soul, Felistah, and I greatly admire you for all you're doing despite the odds!

Best,
Jeanette

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin

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