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It’s not merely a goodbye but a new beginning


It’s been a great journey ever since I have joined Worldpulse. In fact I can proudly say it was the best months I have ever had in my life. Every time a mail from Pulsewire pops in my email I eagerly read and see what was the beautiful message it carries. It seemed like as if I was day dreaming when I have been selected as one of the 30 Voices of Our Future Correspondents, but it was a reality and my eyes were full of happy tears. Without the help and encouragement of the inspiring friends here, this journey wouldn’t have been as simple as it was. Thank you all my dearest friends for all the encouragement you gave me.

Especial thanks: to Jensine Larsen who made this site possible and without her untiring effort we wouldn’t have met. Thanks to Rachael and Scott who always kept us on the truck, always inspired us, updated us with great opportunities and they had never got tired from us. Thanks to Jade Frank who always kept us updated whenever there was a new campaign or opportunities, we became so close when I joined Worldpulse and encouraged me to explore more on the site and in fact without her I wouldn’t have experienced this great site. Jade was the first person to lead me to this great and resourceful site. Thanks to Aimee and Olutosin who were my supporters, encouraged and inspired me all the way. Thanks to my mentor Eunice and midwife Pushpa who always stood my side, inspired me and never got tired from my thousand queries or language barriers. We were closer than close, helped me improve my writing style and always gave me the best advices ever. Thanks to my close friends Sarvina, Farona, Nilima, Emie, Fungai, Warona, Harmony, Ni Ni Aye, Vivian, Martha and Mursal who always checked me in every time I was lagging behind “Hey are safe out there” or “Is everything all right? You have been missing these days”. Thanks to all my VOF fellow correspondents and Pulsewire friends who inspired me with their encouraging comments all the time. To those friends whom I haven’t mentioned their name doesn’t mean they are not close to me. Each and everyone of you has a special place in my heart and you touched me in such a way that I cant and will never forget.

Now I have got friends more than thirty countries. Every time I hear the name of a country, the first thing that comes to my mind is the name of a friend I know who will be there for me if I ever happen to be in that country. Since the VOF correspondents group will be close as from May I loved to send you my gratitude. This is not merely a goodbye but a new beginning, a new journey to explore, educate others and to help our sisters and brothers out there whom their voices haven’t heard yet. Being a graduate is not that we learned and that is it, but we have carried responsibilities and we have to fulfill it. The best thing that happens to us in this world is changing ones life into better.

I will share with you my vision of hope, as together we can refract darkness. I will share with you my realm of sound, as together we can silence the screams. I will share with you my voice of reason, as together we can reach lost souls. I will share with you my arms outstretched, as together we can carry away the pain. I will share with you my knowledge of life, as together we can make a difference.

It’s not an easy endeavor to have good friends like you. I saw the greatness in the good manners, the brightness, the kindness and all characters you showed me which I admire and appreciate. I placed my trust in you. Lastly let me say a wish which is from the core of my heart not from the corner, its from the breadth, width and the length of my heart, I threw it through you and you have to catch it.

You are unforgetful and unforgettable
You are liking and likable
You are all that a friend would have.
I love you big times and will miss you all the time.

Keep shining, keep thriving and keep educating the world.

In solidarity and affection,



Fungai Machirori's picture

Dearest Ruun

I have tears in my eyes... happy tears because of your kind words and thought. Indeed, this is just the beginning. How can sisterhood end just because the programme is over? No, no! This is the beginning of great things to come. Let's keep in touch and keep building each other up. So I will not say goodbye but see you soon!!!!

All my love,

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

Ruun Abdi's picture

Always close in the heart!

Dearest Fungai,
Thanks for your lovely comment, I was so moved by your comment as I was reading it. Of course, this is a new adventure for all of us and am sure we gonna make the most of it. No matter how far miles away we will still gonna be close in the heart and inspire each other. looking forward reading your beautiful writings.

Lots of love,

Sarvina's picture

How sweet you are my dear

How sweet you are my dear friend! As Fungai too, my tear was coming while I was reading your writing...I feel so excited to read your beautiful thank you letter. We are here for each other, we are here for supporting and encouraging each other's dream, we are here to empower the other women around the world, we are here to be friends forever.........our friendship has never ended!

Love you,



Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dearest Sarvina,Thank you so

Dearest Sarvina,
Thank you so much for such inspiring and lovely comment. Indeed we will always be there for each other, inspiring, and standing for one another. Being VOF gratuates we are going to educate and empower other women around the world and its quite interesting yet challenging task. All the best for all of us. The best bond in this world is the bond of friendship and so gratefull to get such lovely friends. Cambodia for Sarvina, Zimbabwe for Fungai and Bounce, Uganda for Beatrice, Phillipines for Emie, Nigeria for Olutosin, Vivian and Slaw, Nepal for Nilima, Usha and Sunita, Kenya for Amani and Fardosa Muse, Maldives for Amei, Saudi Arabia for Farona, Burma for Insha allah and Ni Ni Aye, Liberia for Laura, India for Pushpa (my midwife) Sapna and Yuvraj, Pakistan for Rose, Ivory coast for Harmony, Afghanistan for Mursal and Marvah, Colombia for Martha, Yemen for Sahar, Guinea for Ccholai, Cameroon for Sasong and Shekina, Brazil for Thais Moraes, Botswana for Warona, Spain for Rachael, South Africa for Rudzanimbilu, Sudan for Halima, Italy for Eliana, USA for Eunice (my mentor) Scott, Cristi, Jade Frank, William, Karen Rozier, Aimee, Ruth Beedle, Mei li, Patricia Finnegan and many more. Isn’t that is an honor?!

Love you all,

Farona's picture

Shukran Habibti! I can

Shukran Habibti!

I can relate to each and every word you gracefully painted! It’s truly an honor to have so many wonderful, inspiring friends from around the world. I keep saying this to myself that I couldn’t have made all these amazing friends in 6 yrs without participating in this program. It has been an eye-opening, humble and joyful six months. I loved reading all the assignments much more than writing my own! And yours was the one I always looked out for ;- )

With admiration and unreserved love, always

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dearest Farona, Thanks for

Dearest Farona,
Thanks for the lovely comment. Indeed its been an amazing six months journey. Thank you so much for always leaving me an inspiring comments. It's been pleasure reading your writings all the time. :)

Lots of love,

martha llano's picture


Ruun your message is so beautiful....beyond!!! I wii go to visit you one day. For sure

Hope ypu could come

My love


Con afecto

Martha Llano

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

Ruun Abdi's picture

One day I will visit you and

One day I will visit you and witness your beautiful country and be able to meet you in person God's willing. :)

Lots of love,

HARMONY's picture

Lovely Ruun

You are more than welcome whenever you will come to Cote d'Ivoire1

It has been a wonderful journey and we are one family not alone but all together.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Ruun Abdi's picture

Of course we are one big

Of course we are one big family, always together. :):)


vivian's picture

wonderful piece

I read the post again and again and each time, i feel the passion and friendship of 30 women from various country speaking with one voice on one platform. It is just the beginning, the beginning of the journey, we just have to stay in touch with each other and find time to post our wonderful stories and opportunities. Your post made me feel cold but longing for more friendship, i just wish everyone of us will continue to stay on.


''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Ruun Abdi's picture

Same here. What a wonderful

Same here. What a wonderful adventure we had. :) :) :)

Lots of love,

Sisters, we are one and inseparable. We will stick it out together all the way....

Emie Zozobrado

Ruun Abdi's picture

Of course we will stick

Of course we will stick together all the time sis. :)


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