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Personal Story that Led Me to Apply For The Voices of Our Future

The first encounter with the World Pulse community online was when I searched stories of violence in Nigeria through the Internet due to my responsibility to write about it in our NGO newsletters. Our Support Women and Children in Nigeria (SWACIN) is a non-profit organization located in Japan, which raises fund for women and children who are battered by violence in Nigeria. Particularly in Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, it is known fact that innocent children accused of witch-craft are ostracized, buried alive, burned, and murdered frequently unknown to public.

I found a story posted at the World Pulse which covered almost everything that I was looking for. I also found the email address of the writer and immediately contacted her. I asked her for permission to use her article for our journal circulated to Japanese members, among those are social activities, lawyers, professors, students and business owners. She answered also at once and graciously granted me permission. Not only giving me permission for this particular story, but also she suggested that I use her other articles. Since then we contacted several times and now she became a board of director of our NGO, SWACIN. We now work together raising fund for the poor and needy in Nigeria despite that we live opposite side of the globe. While navigating, I found another writer who vigorously is producing theories and posting the result of the United Nation sponsored research through the Internet. Because of the content of the writing, I discovered, his heart was with the poor and deprived in Nigeria. I contacted him too and he agreed that he would write for our journals. Now he writes and answers to the questions of the Japanese readers in the journal. Not many Nigerians can answer these types of questions. For example, Nigerians who work for government would find it very difficult to answer questions regarding the corruption currently taking place in the government office. He too works for government of Nigeria, but despite of his high qualification and status, he answers questions with honesty and sincerity to the readers because he is thankful to the Japanese donors who want to help the poor Nigerians.

Through this experience, I felt that I could discover like-minded individuals around the world via Internet although I could find none in my local community. Unfortunately, people in my community、many are agriculturalists, say that they have no concern for the people outside the country. Though, I am not feeling lonesome because of good friendships developed on line, and the readers of the journal all over Japan, U.S., and Nigeria. It’s certainly an exhilarating experience that I can never enjoy elsewhere. I value the Voices of Our Future very much because it offers many like-minded individuals around the world adding to funds and training courses to improve our skills in connecting with others.

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Lortoria's picture

Informative piece

Hi Hideko,

I really enjoyed reading your article, it is loaded with so much information. I didn't realise this type of activism was happening in japan, and the networks formed with Nigeria. The work you do is amazing, and I am inspired by your sense of proactivity to gather research and disseminate that info with others. Keep doing this vital work, and I hope the awareness you seek will be achieved.

Best wishes,

Lortoria

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Hideko N.'s picture

Lortoria, I read your Sickle

Lortoria, I read your Sickle Cell, Suffer In Silence. Sorry but you too can I am sure take advantage of the cyber network. You can do it at your convenient time. I myself is not in the greatest health since I lost so much in Nigeria but am OK the sisters and brothers there continue to cheer me up. After all that gave me strength I ever had in my life.
Here is my cheers to you,
Hideko

Sharontina's picture

Connections!

Wonderful story connecting two sides of the globe and bringing so much development and power, saving those innocent lives from that brutal killing. I really love the effort you have taken to come this way dear. Keep sharing.

Love

Merlin Sharontina

Hideko N.'s picture

I am thankful to your

I am thankful to your comment, Sharontina. I was in India partnering NGO hospital in New Delhi. Hope you are not facing any more domestic violence. The most cruel experince can force the best out of you. I am also a survivor of domestic violence.

Cheers
Hideko N.

pelamutunzi's picture

thank you

I follow your work closely and once again I love it you are a hero to me

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.
regards
pela

Hideko N.'s picture

Pelamutunzi,

Oh, wow thanks. I dont think I deserve it but I am glad that you think I did something well. God bless. Hideko

Dana W's picture

Hi Hideko, Thank you very

Hi Hideko,
Thank you very much for a fascinating text. One thing I was curious about was how why have you decided to work for that specific NGO? Every time I see hear or read about someone who’s doing something in favor of third party that really touches me, knowing there are still few good people left out there.
Keep up your important work and your fascinating texts here
Dana

Hideko N.'s picture

Thank you for your question, Dana

Thank you for your question. I went back to read my write-up and now see why you ask such question. It is not a third party, my dear Dana. It is my NGO, I founded and run. You will see why I am into Nigeria so much if you can go and read my other piece, HOW HAS OUR NGO SWACIN STARTED?

http://worldpulse.com/node/68351

You will see I am no guardian angel or any sort, but a human with fresh and blood wanting my daughter back and win custody. Ask me any questions I am happy to answer.
Warmly,

Hideko

Greengirl's picture

Glad to read this Hideko

Reading this piece makes me even more glad that I found you and connected with you on World Pulse. Your writing reveals your strength and resilience. Please keep sharing because your writings will continue to touch lives in many positive ways beyond imagination.

Lovey piece!

Greengirl

Being in Nigeria, where the country being kept from grown out of embryo stage because of corruption, while advanced country such as Japan and U.S. are expanding their hands to reach out to the poor and needy in Nigeria, it’d have far more merit in envisioning and building yourself in the international setting rather than being buried in the country filled with opportunities with fake contracts, promises, work relations and bills...Don’t you think so? That is what our NGO is trying to do. Sorry government, we have nothing against you, but let us help your abandoned children...

Greengirl's picture

Haha!

I hope the Nigerian Government is listening. We need real change!

Thank you Hideko!

Greengirl

Greengirl's picture

Haha!

I hope the Nigerian Government is listening. We need real change!

Thank you Hideko!

Greengirl

kpisinski's picture

great job

Wonderful job, it is a powerful story of the usefulness of media! Keep yourself strong through staying connected. Good luck!

Kim

Please let me know what is so powerful to you. Let me know what you do so that I will try giving you useful comment. Hideko N.

Isabel Siegel Griffith's picture

Dear Hideko, You are an

Dear Hideko,

You are an amazing woman, and I feel so blessed that I got the opportunity to read about your story and your work. I admire your resilience, drive, and courage to make real change in the world. Your passion to continue the fight against the violence faced by the women and children in Nigeria is truly heroic and I give thanks that through your story I am better informed and have learned more about those communities that are silenced. Your piece was not only informative but it has touched me deeply. I have not been to Nigeria but my husband has and he has great respect and appreciation for the people of Nigeria.

I look forward to reading more about you and your work.

Warm regards,

Isabel

Isabel

Hideko N.'s picture

Dear Isabel

Welcome to our community of World Pulse. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my write-up. I am not really into changing the world... but I am doing what I can.

See, I cannot change the government because I am old and weak to do the riot. But I can only speak and say, "Hey, you bustard, look at what's happening to your abandoned children, let me take care of them while you are fattening yourself with the wealth." This is easy because I can do that in my office in Tokushima, surrounded by rice and vegetable field undisturbed from the government's threat.

Hideko N.

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