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Irreversible Change

Girls in different Schools

Education increases the value of girls. Each step ahead in school is a better future.
I was 14 when I was a barmaid; selling alcohol day and night in my rural village. I did this to raise money to continue with my education, after a whole year of struggle and risking my life to hungry old men, this was not fruitful at all.
I decided to return home; together with my mother struggled through agriculture and brewing alcohol to raise funds that pushed me through Ordinary Level of Education in the year 2000.

I could not afford Advanced level, there was just no way forward, so I had to stay home for another two years not until I came in contact with an American woman who accepted to educate me with the help of her family and friends.
Rebecca, her husband Jim and her Sister Shelby worked hard and harder to push me through the university until I graduated with a bachelor in Information Technology.

Today I have a fair job with Build Africa. I did not stop at my job, I am giving back to my community; I am supporting 66 rural girls and 1 boy in secondary schools https://www.facebook.com/RGCMUganda by connecting them with women and men around the globe who educate and mentor them through my grassroot project Rural Girl Child Mentorship (RGCM Uganda). I also have a young NGO - Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation (PCE Foundation), a grassroots national development NGO is registered in Uganda, currently operating in rural communities of Tororo and Buteleja districts, Eastern Uganda, supporting and working with the grassroots pupulation.
This is only the beginning for a young woman desperate for change. It is unbelievable that in the 30 years I have lived in this world, I have lived happier for less than 4 years, the rest were years of HARD struggles to make a better future.

I appeal to every girl out there to never give up, I appeal to a struggling mother and father not to sell their daughters into marriage. Please hung on there for 4 to 7 years while struggling to raise money or looking for opportunities for your daughters left and right.
After you have read this journal, I request you to print and share it with a family in grassroots, struggling and wanting to give up. Tell them not to sell of their daughters but struggle to improve the lives of their daughters by educating them beyond the primary education (free in many countries today).
It is very true that education brings irreversible change. That of a girl should not be under estimated.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Wendyiscalm's picture

Encouraging

Hi Achienglas,

It is so good to see your writing on WP again. Your message is so very encouraging to young women and men as well. Thank you. You will be an asset to Build Africa and others in your world.

ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

AchiengNas's picture

Thank you Wendy

You are doing great work in Zambia! I am so proud of you!!!
In such a time as this, we need to network, the impact we create through networking makes everything we do better and strong rooted.
Best regards,

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

Greengirl's picture

Nice to read your thoughts again!

It's sure been a while and I am happy to read about all the wonderful work you are up to. You have really made a world of difference by giving back to your community. Posterity will remember you for good and just like me, I know there are many out here and beyond who are inspired by your resilience, passion and generosity.

I am glad that I read this post!

Greengirl

AchiengNas's picture

True

I have taken a while without making posts in this great Media, Greengirl.
Thank you for reading my post and giving me the courage to carry on.

Peace.

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

ikirimat's picture

Hello Beatrice Thank you for

Hello Beatrice
Thank you for standing up for our daughters. Sharing your experience is so compelling and worth sharing.

Your voice is strong and keep voicing/

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


AchiengNas's picture

Thank you Grace

Life challenges are lessons, if taken note of, can turn into a ministry.
Good day.
Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

jacollura's picture

Thank you, Beatrice!

Individual acts really do create global change. We are all part of the solution.

AchiengNas's picture

Well said

We are all part of the solution for the change we need.
Thank you.
Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you for your tireless

Thank you for your tireless efforts dear Bea. You continue to inspire me.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

AchiengNas's picture

Thank you Aimee

You inspire me too, Aimee!
Thank you always for your support and encouragements.xxx

Bea

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

libudsuroy's picture

Dear friend, your story is

Dear friend, your story is inspiring! The endurance and boldness just shine through and I love most the gesture of paying forward. As they say, may your tribe increase!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

AchiengNas's picture

Thank you Libudsuroy

I really appreciate your comment.

Have a great week.

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

LeenieT's picture

Smiles as Signs of Change

Dear AchiengNas,

Thank you for sharing your story of strength with the WorldPulse community. The photo collage you posted is absolutely beautiful, and speaks to the unstoppable power of community, the power of relationships, and the synergy that is created when women like you work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure that young girls in your community can experience a better future. Your love will forever remain a part of the lives of these bright girls.

All the best to you,

Lena

AchiengNas's picture

Thank you Lena

I feel this is the best reward I could every give all my life. I love doing it and I will continue to do so as long as I live.
I appreciate your observation and comment.

Best regards.
Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

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