Free to speak and be heard
It is exciting to know that as a woman, I can finally be heard without any consultations and just be free to speak without censorship. I can tell you that woman begging in the streets on Moi avenue at night with a toddler on her lap or that child forced to be out of school in order to beg and know that I will illicit some conversation that ripples all over the world and eventually move somebody or me to start a project to rehabilitate such women and provide them with income generating activities, knowing that there is a large network of friends from all over the world willing to help; that is more than exciting it is revolutionary.
Web2.0, will offer us, women what Rosa Parks gave to the African-American Civil rights movement, a chance to take notice, or what Wangari Maathai gave to Kenya, freedom park (Uhuru park) and what women like Oprah, Hilary Clinton, Graca Machel and many others continue to give to the millions of women, hope and a belief that we can make a difference and they matter.
This forum will allow me to take readers on a journey of my world and tell stories from my eyes and what solutions we can create as women lifting other women. It will give me the boldness to implement projects to lift the lowly and participate in similar projects that highlight the disadvantaged in the community.
My vision is to develop projects that rehabilitate women and children. I believe that no child should be without love, a proper home and education. In the streets of Nairobi, it is a common thing to see children with their mothers begging for alms, some of this children at of school going age but poverty, abandonment by their fathers and in some cases greed turns them into beggars. There are many disadvantages for them, physical and sexual abuse is one of them.
My project would be to empower this women, through education, developing work skills and trying to find them jobs through bureaus, either as cleaners or domestic workers. sometime you may set them up in small businesses.
One way is to also use the networks I create through world pulse, to have people sponsor families through committing a pledge of a hundred dollars a month, which translates to 7-9 thousand shillings, this can be enough to feed a family, pay rent for a single room house and maybe save enough to start a small business and the children can have the opportunity to go to school.