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Overcoming Challenges

What are your challenges and barriers to creating change in your community?
I face so many challenges and barriers that sometimes I feel that I should quit. But then I look at the situation and I see how far I have come. For a young woman, who is not on a salary but volunteering her time to improve the healthcare and living conditions of marginalized women and vulnerable girls in underserved communities, trying to increase access to and choice of family planning for low income families, and working to bring affordable family planning information and services to women is extremely challenging work. There have been times that I have faced stigma in carrying out my work. In addition, boys often criticise my programs as a young woman educating people how to limit the number of children within the household, and some of my peers present with negative attitudes towards me. Similarly, I have often had negative responses from the donor organizations, as they could not understand my challenges in looking for financial support for my work. It is true that I am a young woman, with a disability of financial resources however; I want to set an example for other young women that with little or no means we can continue to make ourselves available to lead and direct people, offer assistance when we are able or complete any tasks that come up during the day for us to help. I still believe that I can do some thing, and work towards changing the present cultural ideology and social barriers in my communities.
What are some of your present solutions to overcoming these challenges and barriers?
First, to overcome these challenges and barriers I am trying not to be stressed by what other people believe in me or say about my projects. I am trying to directly involve boys in the programs, educating them to understand and get involve in family planning and sexual and reproductive rights issues. I am encouraging them to learn to accept that people have different visions and dreams, yet we have things that bring us together. I am reaching out to my peers and creating local as well as international networks, with others. Recently, I attended a fund raising training workshop, organized by GlobalGiving USA in Cameroon. This provided the opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals of online fundraising.
How do you currently use, or see the possibility of using, PulseWire and other online communities to overcome these challenges?
Currently, I am using Pulse Wire as a Forum to share my story with an international audience. Also, I see the possibility of using Pulse Wire to connect with others and share the impacts, develop partnerships, share resources and encourage collective action that addresses the challenges we face in our work. Using Pulse Wire as a platform through which I can learn from others and showcase my culture to elevate dialogue and eliminate differences is strong.

Comments

Myrthe's picture

Thank you for telling us

Thank you for telling us about the work you're doing and the challenges you are facing. I can understand how you feel like giving up sometimes. Please, don't! What you are doing is so very important. You are an example to others all over the world who are facing similar challenges.
Myrthe

akaneko's picture

Thank you for not giving up

Thank you for not giving up on the important work that you are doing for your community! You're strength shows in your ability and drive to continue your mission. Not only do you not let your critics deter you, but you also work to include them in your mission and show them the things that unify us. You are certainly setting an inspiring example for young women everywhere!

Alison

Your vulnerability makes your writing very strong. Please be encouraged to stay in the fight and keep up the good work. Your community needs you! Challenging societal beliefs is extremely difficult. That you are getting so much slack is proof that your work is making an impact!

icyscartlet's picture

Thank you

Hi Karenstevens.3,
Thank you so much for you words of encouragement. I hope one day our voices will be listern to. I feel that we are fighting a good fight, but I am afraid that the journey is long.

Regards

Icy

NPL

icyscartlet's picture

Thank you

Hi Karenstevens.3,
Thank you so much for you words of encouragement. I hope one day our voices will be listerned to. I feel that we are fighting a good fight, but I am afraid that the journey is long.

Regards

Icy

NPL

karenstevens03's picture

The Journey Is Long

Hi Icy,

Yes, the journey is long. You are never alone and Love will show you the way. Take care of yourself as best you can. Let people help you. Take time for fun and laughter, remember to enjoy life too! Pace yourself, Trust and hope in the power of your good work and the lives that are being helped. Believe that Love will never leave you alone. Keep your head up and stay strong!

Warm Regards,
karen

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