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It is just the beginning

Gwen Rakotovao - Madagascar

Here I stand at the finish line of my Voices of Our Future journey. Behind me I see a trail of amazing rewarding yet challenging moments. Long grueling nights committed to researching and re-writing assignments. Judiciously probing into issues for knowledge, understanding, and with the hopes of capturing the truth that will enlighten others about what is going on in my community. At times, I had to face some of my own history and examine incidents with a fresh observer’s eyes, dissecting events in my past that have directed my life’s course.

As I stand at this juncture, I feel empowered and focused. I know that the next steps I take will be with that much more certainty and boldness. I see clearly the path before me and I am excited at the thought of unchartered territories, lives of women and girls that will inspire and convict me to give all that I am...

Who would have thought that simply writing assignment pieces could change a person thus? The modules went beyond focusing on technical skills building as a citizen journalist. The assignments challenged me to always ask two things: 1) Why? And 2) What can or is being done? ...Now in all I do, I hear the voices of Marcie and Tara urging me on, re-assuring me that my voice is valid, necessary, and important. The voices of fellow VOF sisters spoke truth from all areas of the globe from Nepal to Somalia, Colombia, and South Africa. Your pieces reminding me that we each have a responsibility to our communities and can effect change through our powerful presentation of the truth. Keep sharing and keep soaring!

Thank you Jensine, Rachel, Scott, Jade, and rest of World Pulse team for your tireless efforts, unwavering time, and cheerfulness. Words will always fail to sum up the value of your support and guidance.

To my newlyformed friendships fonirenezih, ikirimat, and lifesong. Thank you for your inspiring faith in my project.


SAsong (Sing a song of love and hope)



Amei's picture

Like this :-)

Just stopping by while waiting for my flight :-)

This is a beginning of a new journey or a new chapter. Me too joing in thanking the WP organisers. They have been great and I am hoping to continue my journey...

Gtgo now... Have fun and all the best to you SAsong

loads of love

SAsong's picture

Greater things Amei

is my wish for you. I know that you will continue on your journey and there is so much that you will share with us in the future. I receive your gift of love and extend a virual hug your way. Best wishes!

mrbeckbeck's picture


Thank you for this post dear! Your voice is powerful, and like you say, valid and necessary-- the world needs you.

It really has been a joy to work with you these past few months and watch you reach new heights! It's wonderful to hear that you stand now with focus and empowerment. I have no doubt that you will achieve great things.

I look forward to our next adventures together, and I am so full of gratitude that I could be a part of this journey with you.


Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

SAsong's picture

Thanks Scott

I am still in awe how far I have come in such a little while. Though my project is still in its early stages, it is exciting to see the unfolding process. I appreciate your kind words and faith in me. I am eager for the what is ahead and very grateful for my new extended family - VOF. Best!

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much for all your hard work SAsong, and your kind words. Your writing has inspired all of us, and I know you will go far in answering the question "What can or is being done?"!

Kind regards,


"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

SAsong's picture

Merci Rachel

Although the world feels so much smaller now, my eyes have been opened to the endless opportunities to make a difference and share truth. More to come in the future! Thanks!

HARMONY's picture

C'est effectivement le debut

C'est effectivement le debut d'une histoire et non la fin!

Your questions are so simple and true. WHY? And I will rather add: WHAT CAN AND IS BEING DONE?

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

SAsong's picture


Thanks for the words. I hope all is well with you and I'll be sending you an email note shortly. Hugz!

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