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Through the eyes of others

Reflecting on others experiences

Once I was Young with a vision and full of ideas and thought solutions to world problems were easy. Today I am still young, with vision- ideas but now I know it will take time, effort, work and resilience to get the change we want in this world.

I always wanted to “Do” something to help the world but it was after meeting youth like me that inspired me that “I Can”. Their - stories, interest and passion was something I took with me. It was never the success stories that stuck to my mind and still motivate me – it’s the stories of challenges, problems and courage that do. Stories of a young girl whom I met in a peer educators training. Towards the end of the training she got up and I wondered “Is a participant going to facilitate a session? - what will she tell us?” She took us through a story that was emotional and at the end she said “I am HIV+”. Above all feelings of sadness, hurt, wanting to hug her I felt proud of her – with all the challenges she faced in her life she is still working for her community. During another meeting I met a young girl from Indonesia – her story brought tears to many of us. With tears in her eyes she talked about the experience and the feeling of losing her parents. She was not alone in losing loved once in the 2004 Tsunami but her courage and resilience is motivating – she worked for her community with the relief efforts after.

“Youth are the leaders of tomorrow” I hear - Why can’t we be the leaders of “Today” I say. Since 2003 I have been working on taking steps to contribute locally and internationally. Much of the steps include Online - Editing Newsletter, writing articles, participating in discussions, focal point, etc. Today I am working for an organization doing fund-raising issues. Other than my local work; I am also a Mentor and Motivator for a programme called OIYP which helps 300 youth to work on social change by giving them capacity building, grants and building networks. Much of the support we do is through online (E-Workshops, etc) and building a network like this shows individuals that they are not alone in what they are doing.

I first came across VOF was in 2010 – after reading through is when I had decided that in the 2011 round of applications I will try it out. It takes you through a different process of learning and it is exactly what I needed. This process will help me put my vision-ideas-plan into productive practical action. I want to learn video/documentary making and improve my photography and translate that to educate and ignite thought in my minds of people (locally and internationally) through pieces of media work. And I believe VOF can be a valuable experience to better myself.

Small efforts done by many bring about big changes – starting small is what I believe in



Stella Paul's picture

Small to big

This is how a long journey starts - with a single hesitant step. Having taking that step, you are destined to go on forever because you also have a dream,and support of all of us!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Zuhur's picture

Thank you Stella, Appreciate

Thank you Stella,

Appreciate you comments :)

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claudiaperalta's picture

I very much enjoyed reading

I very much enjoyed reading your post, Zuhur, and I liked your idea of "why can't we be the leaders of TODAY"...I totally agree, the time has come not to wait, but to act and contribute.


zoneziwoh's picture

once more, i am here on your page again

wonderful Zuhu. you are amazing. your words are inspiring. I feel honor to meeting you here on PW, VOF 2011. I truly have very little to say about your post for you have said almost all I had to say. and i will conclude with your own very words "Small efforts done by many bring about big changes – starting small is what I believe in"

Thank you dear sister. I eagerly look forward to reading your next post. take care

Stay Blessed



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dnayyar's picture


Its great to know "WE CAN"...

Thanks for sharing in your thoughts and journey. Inspiring.


MaduRathnayaka's picture


"Small efforts done by many bring about big changes", yes as in most f da comments it is so much inspiring. After we all get together small small changes around the world , there will be a big change in the world that is unstoppable. Keep your belief!


Kimmy D's picture

It sounds like you are a leader today

Zuhur, Kudos to you on all of the changes that you are inspiring and provoking in others. I detect your strong sense of connectedness to other women and your passion to inspire and help others on their journey.

One of Many's picture

Talk about empowerment!

...Talk about've got it!

This post was very inspiring. Thank you, Zuhur.

I loved hearing about the amazing opportunities you have encountered with other women. Your empathy, your voice, your heart, and your keen mind all play an important role here.

And, wow, 500 words exactly. Right on!

Since this piece speaks so well for itself, I will allow myself to sit in it's own beauty without saying more about it.

But I will add this wonderful synchronicity -- a poem referred to in a meditation intro yesterday...that I found the whole poem for (only some lines were quoted)...and besides the beauty of the poem....the two words that were the point of your piece:

Variation On A Theme By Rilke

(The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1)

A certain day became a presence to me;
there it was, confronting me -- a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the height of noon, it leaned over
and struck my shoulder as if with
the flat of a sword, granting me
honor and a task. The day's blow
rang out, metallic -- or it was I, a bell awakened,
and what I heard was my whole self
saying and singing what it knew: I can.

~ Denise Levertov ~

Best of luck, Zuhur, and thank you.

Anna Sontag...Speaking My Peace

Speaking my Peace

mvmagellan's picture


Dear Zuhur,
I think that you are asking the right questions and I like that you can take away positive messages from even the saddest stories. I also struggle with deciding what is a good balance between overly idealist visions and implementable ideas that can work, even if they take a long time to affect change.


Zuhur's picture

:) :) :) :) :)

Thank you all.

I sooooooo much enjoyed reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to post in your comments. Appreciate it

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