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Les difficultés que nous rencontrons

Pour moi, j'ai vecu un moment très difficile quand mon père est mort en 1994
J'avai envu de continuer mes études mais ça n'a pas tenu à cause de mépris, on disait qu'il est impossible de faire étudier une handicapée car elle n'est pas capable; or je faisais tout travaux de menage, j'avai fait la 4ème année des humanités. Un jour j'ai eu la chance d'un serviteur de Dieu qui m'a fait étudié jusqu'à 6ème des Humanités, et une formation en informatique de 2 ans.

Dans notre Association nous avons beaucoup de ce cas pareil. Il y a même ceux qui ne savent pas lire ni écrire, alors nous manquons le moyen pour faire l'alphabétisation pour leurs permetre de savoir rediger même une lettre.

Comme nous somme dans une region boueuse ici à l'Est du Congo, quand la pluie tombe, nous handicapé nous trouvons difficile de se déplacés; mais nous nous forcons quand même.

Merci beaucoup, je vous aime tant.

English translation by PulseWire member Elle Crossley

The difficulties we face

I went through a very tough period when my father died in 1994.
I wanted to carry on studying, but couldn't because of people's contempt; they said disabled people couldn't study, that they weren't capable. I had to be a cleaner even though I had four years of education in humanities behind me. Eventually I was lucky enough to meet a servant of God who helped me study humanities for two more years, and take a two year course in IT.

Our organisation has lots of similar cases. There are some who can't read or write, and we don't even have the means to teach enough basic literacy for them to write a letter.

It is muddy here in the eastern Congo, and when it rains we disabled people find it difficult to get about, but we persist in spite of this.

Thanks and love to you all.

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Comments

Rebecca D's picture

Merci de faire ce travail

Merci de faire ce travail important - c'est en luttant pour se développer qu'on arrive à changer les paradigmes. T'es courageuse !

Rebecca D. Inman
Portland, OR USA

mumbalima's picture

Remerciement

Je vous salut encore une fois
Je vous remerci de voir comment vous êtes en ligne jour au jour, j'emairai qu'on partage ensemble pour avoir trop d'idées.

Merci baucoup et à bientôt.

Elle Crossley's picture

English Translation

The difficulties we face

I went through a very tough period when my father died in 1994.
I wanted to carry on studying, but couldn't because of people's contempt; they said disabled people couldn't study, that they weren't capable. I had to be a cleaner even though I had four years of education in humanities behind me. Eventually I was lucky enough to meet a servant of God who helped me study humanities for two more years, and take a two year course in IT.

Our organisation has lots of similar cases. There are some who can't read or write, and we don't even have the means to teach enough basic literacy for them to write a letter.

It is muddy here in the eastern Congo, and when it rains we disabled people find it difficult to get about, but we persist in spite of this.

Thanks and love to you all.

Elle Crossley's picture

Merci

Merci pour avoir partagé vos propres expériences. Ce genre de discrimination est vraiment triste et vous êtes très courageuse. S'il vous plaît, continuez de nous dire ce qui se passe au RDC.
Cordialement,
Elle Crossley

Rakiba's picture

Keep your Flag up!

It must be very difficult for you to face everything. This is a common story of every successful woman around the world. But to reduce this difficulties that you faced as woman, you have to take a stand against these norms so that no more woman like you, are facing the same problems

Keep writing

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Thank You for Speaking Out!

Dear Mumbalima,

Thank you for sharing your story. You are an inspiration for others who are facing the same obstacles you have been working so hard to overcome. Never forget that.

Don't lose heart; in speaking out you will help to make the world a better place.

From across the world in the United States, I send you this Apache blessing:

"May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life."

With Support and Admiration,

Interfaith Reverend, Sarah

Your struggle is even more difficult because not only are you a woman but you are handicapped as well. That did not stop you however from striving to attain your goals in life. You are an insiration to women everywhere and to people with disabilities as well. I am proud of you and for the achievements you have achieved in the face of these adversities. You have not allowed anyone or anything to stand in your way and have done the best you can to overcome the obstacles in your life. That is the hallmark of people who succeed: facing the hurdles in life with determination and conquering them no matter what. Mumbalima, you are an inspiration to women everywhere and I salute you. You prove that just because a person has a physical handicap does not mean that their brain is non-functional. God bless you as you continue to succeed and excel in life. Never give up in life. You are a fighter and give hope to people everywhere.

BMBracewell

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