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My Elusive Vision

Looking back from where I came, I believe the best is yet to come. I have always had a dream, a vision to live a life free of debt and worries that come with the stresses of everyday life. To be able not to worry about money matters; make no mistake, I am not a greedy person. I don’t need millions of dollars in a fat bank account. I don’t even need to be rich. What I need is to be happy, worry free, contented. My contentment will only be realized the moment my children have enough to eat, everyday, decent clothes on their backs, a roof over their heads and a quality education to boot! I have a vision to be able to get my family quality healthcare when they fall ill, as they most probably will. God give me that and I will have realized my personal vision.

For my community, I have a vision, to see women respected for what they stand for, girls being educated, not because it is a favour they are being done, but because it is their right. My vision is for parents in my community to treat their children equally, disregarding their sex. I would love to be alive when girls are allowed to inherit their parents’ property, because it is equally their birthright, as it is their brothers’. I long to live long enough to see men encourage their wives and daughters to climb the ladder of education, to pluck the fruits of an enlightened mind, which means a paying job. A community free of slavery under the influence of poverty, brought about by ignorance that can only be cured by education. I would love the day I see my community free of the numerous skinny, potbellied malnourished babies, due to a lack of any or enough food to eat. I have a vision to see contented children with rosy cheeks that signify that they had something to eat, and have the energy to play. I have a vision to live to witness the day that the children in my community will be just that; children who will play childhood games and leave the worrying for survival for grownups. A community empowered with education is my vision for where I come from.

For the world, I have a vision to be around to witness gender equality; watch as women take up positions of power at a higher percentage than the mere 9% that they are accorded at the moment. I have a vision to see the day that war is no longer common in our conversations or in the news constantly. I would love to live in a world where we embrace each other with genuine love, regardless of where we were born or the colour of our skins. I have a vision to live in a world where women are respected as human beings, free from all sorts of discrimination and domestic violence. My vision for the world is peace.

I long to be a Voices of Our Future Correspondent because I believe that here is the only platform where my voice will be amplified enough to get into the right ear. I have been on this journey alone, this being my 12th year, and the burden is just too heavy for me to carry anymore. Am not a quitter, thus would rather have a mentor who will lessen the load, than give it all up. I know that united we will stand, which translates to my being able to make my vision tangible. My biggest vision is to build a vocational college to empower the girls here with skills to sustain themselves. I have a vision to build a hospital in my community, which should be cheap enough that everyone affords treatment, and doesn’t wait for death to come knocking. I have a vision to set up a radio and television station which will amplify the female voice. The vision I have for myself, my community and the world can only be realized with a hand up, not hand outs, and this is why I really need to make the VOF 2013 TOP 30, to be empowered to empower.

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Aminah's picture

A community empowered with education

Your words are deeply moving Phionah.

May God grant your wish. May you live to see all your wishes come true. May those wishes come true sooner than later.
I simply love your humility. Keep writing.

Salaam
Aminah

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thankyou!

Let it be so, Aminah!
You don't know how bad I long for my vision to come to pass. Thanks for reading and commenting. May peace be unto you and yours too.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

jacollura's picture

Vision

Phy, your vision will not remain elusive. I believe you will see it fulfilled!
Sending you love and strength,
Julie

Phionah Musumba's picture

Amen!

Julie, I pray so too.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Dana W's picture

Dear Phy, Thank you very much

Dear Phy,
Thank you very much for an inspiring text! I wish your vision will soon become reality by your great soul and hard work. Keep on sharing your voice- it’s a fascinating one.
All the best
Dana

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thank you!

Hello, Dana,
Please allow me to thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my ppost. It is not only encouraging, but also highly inspiring. I echo your sentiments.
All the best in your endevours too,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

kpisinski's picture

Yes!

Great job writing. I also hope that you land in the top 30 so that you can have support in empowering yourself and others! Good luck to you.

Kim

Phionah Musumba's picture

Thanks

Thanks a lot for reading and commenting on my post.
I pray so too.
All the best,

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

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