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I believe in making a difference in the lives of people not only in my country of origin but in other parts of the world. That said my life vision is to work with emotionally and physically challenged people in a total inclusion program. This will enable me to experience other cultures/diversity and by opening myself to other cultures, I will be able to better understand and accept other ways of living and hence working towards becoming a global citizen.

My vision for my community is primordial, from what I see and live everyday, given the fact that I come from a region where misery is order of the day; my focus is on the youths especially the vulnerable. Why the youths? Because they will be the representatives of our world of tomorrow. It is important to highlight some of the problems that brings about the vision I have for my community. It is worth noting that in my country Cameroon; three out of five of every unemployed Cameroonian citizen is a youth. This has left the unemployed youths and some at-risk children with no choice than dash into malpractices and fitting themselves in one of the following criminal categories –internet scamming, arm robbery, street children, drug addicts, to name but these. Many Cameroonian youths have simply lived and retired in unemployment with all their acquired degrees. The situation of young women and girls is unspeakable as many of the unemployed young women have indulged into prostitution with untold results like HIV/AIDS and other related diseases. Other girls have become victims of trafficking in the quest for greener pastures in foreign lands. It is in the light of the above mentioned factors that I see the need of collaborating with other partners to address these issues.

I see a world where children and youths will live with hope and unlimited opportunities for themselves and future generations. For this vision to be fully attained, the youths need to be empowered so that they be able to realize their full potential and build peace within themselves and their communities and the world at large.

It is a privilege for me to be a Voices of Our Correspondent. Pulse wire is a space where one can find raw materials and finished products, if I may put it this way. It is now left for each member to make use of either the raw material or the finished product available for free. What then is my motivation? Since my focus is on young women and girls especially the vulnerable, I am excited to be a Voices of Our Correspondent in order to collaborate with some experts to increased commitment and investment in youth in my community, increased youth participation and partnerships, and increased intercultural understanding among youth. My being part of the Voices of Our Correspondent will enable the young women who do not have access to the media to still speak right from the interior where they live, because I stand as an ambassador of pulse wire, a channel that will go closer to the young women, listen to their stories and report them to pulse wire in time come. In that way their voices will still be heard after all.

I must say here that I have gathered a lot being part of this women’s empowerment team. This space provided by world pulse, will be of immense help to achieve my goals. Since my personal vision is to become a global citizen, for this one month that I am connected to pulse wire I have read a lot of articles, stories and projects, and I should say here that I am aware of bits of different cultures and psychologically I can fit myself properly in global issues. Pulse wire will help if I do many publications related to my vision on the journal, since it is a space where people come searching for the needy, someone will surely react in advice or give a link that can assist. Already I have got some links proposed by some pulse wire members.

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One of Many's picture

bravo, cubed

Dear Leenny:

What an excellent piece of writing! So, through World Pulse and Web 2.0, you can be an ambassador – the voice for the stories of the women you will listen to – for women in Cameroon. I appreciated your acknowledgment of the personal, interpersonal and skill set gifts you are grateful for from this experience – not because I feel you *should* be grateful, but because I didn’t notice other writers dedicating their limited words to that topic. I wonder if you finished your assignment, realized you had words left, and thought, “Hmmm, what else can I say? I want to use all the words the assignment allows.”

I like the trust in the process of citizen worldwide journalism with which your last two sentences bring the piece back to your vision in a strong, optimistic sister-bonded conclusion. (hmm—that was a mouthful -- and getting that out with one hand (that is an-other story!) is an effort I won’t just erase…)

This – “increased commitment and investment in youth in my community, increased youth participation and partnerships, and increased intercultural understanding among youth.” is an example of a very old (I learned from a rhetoric professor at my son’s college in parent weekend – lucky me!) literary device that started way back with the Greeks – the use of a “Three” part parallel structure. It worked for me, at least.

I hope you don’t dislike me saying this, but this -- “I see a world where children and youths will live with hope and unlimited opportunities for themselves and future generations. For this vision to be fully attained, the youths need to be empowered so that they be able to realize their full potential and build peace within themselves and their communities and the world at large.” – might just be a teeny bit naively optimistic. Not that you don’t almost need to pretend you don’t see the challenges in a piece like this – but/and I hope you will do what you can to think ahead about how to support youth through the barriers that come up for them in the road to empowerment etc etc. I am optimistic for you, and (but) there will be barriers. One thing I am very happy to assert is that in a study I was fortunate to participate in – the barriers in the girls’ lives ended up serving as sources of strength and resilience.

Anyway, Leenny, bravo, bravo, bravo.

Your listener,

Anna

Speaking my Peace

leenny's picture

I appreciate this

Dear Anna,
your comment shows that your read my articles between the lines, am very happy about that. i always believe that successful people are those that welcome both positive and negative comments and i must say am one of such persons, so don't just imagine i will dislike you, rather i have been more enriched from your comments. Sounding very positive about the future of children and youths is a vision i have but i am not undermining the challenges the youths are facing as you rightly mentioned, many governments and development actors are focusing on the development of youth this days and trying to involve the youths in development planning so am very optimistic about their future. Once again thanks.

Best regards

Evelyne

Mirchii's picture

Understanding

Dear Leenny,

Such a well-written assignment! Your understanding of the issues surrounding your community, and how the betterment of youth fits into the global picture is highly commendable. However, I would have loved to learn more about the specific ways in which you wish to approach this. I wish you all the very best in all current and future endeavours. Keep up the good work!

Love and peace,
Sahar

leenny's picture

Thanks

Dear Mirchii, thanks for the encouragement, from time to time try to visit my journal may be you will get some tips, hope you are also doing great things in your community and world pulse.
Remain blessed
Evelyne

One of Many's picture

My support

Glad to hear from you, Evelyne:

I'm so glad you wrote back because I believe it must have sounded that I was criticizing -- but I did not mean to give a negative comment. Your vision is enthusiastic and broad, and your goal is important.

I know you and your collaborators will get more and more specific about how to support girls, women, and youth.

I encourage you to hold on to your enthusiasm and your insight. You are wise to plan to collaborate in addressing these problems that are ingrained in worldwide culture -- where women and youth often feel forced to make frightening and risky choices when it seems opportunities are limited.

Way to go!

Anna

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