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.