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Final Days, Final Thoughts

Today is my last day in Zambia. My flight leaves at 9:30 tonight, and I am eager to soak in the last little bits of this country in the few hours I have left.

Today will be spent meeting with two strong Zambian women—Dorcas Chewe, who wrote the piece ZAMBIA: Picking up the Pieces, and Sally Chiwama, a local blogger and reproductive rights activist based in Lusaka. Both have not yet joined the community, and I am excited to walk them through the process and help them reap the benefits of World Pulse.

Dorcas lives in the Copperbelt—about a five-hour bus ride from Lusaka. She was unable to attend the meet up given the distance, but she was determined to meet with me before I leave, eager to learn about World Pulse and how she can become more involved in the community. This morning, she boarded the bus for the long journey to Lusaka so that we might meet in person. I am excited to share with her the work we do and to learn from her about how we can best support her community.

This is the energy I am seeing in Zambia—excitement about connecting with others, excitement about sharing stories, excitement about the future of this beautiful, emerging country. It is energizing and motivating. These connections renew my commitment to broadcasting the voices of women around the world; these connections renew my commitment to this community we have so lovingly built.

How will it be when I return home, I wonder? I am eager to share my learnings with the rest of the team, eager to see my family, eager to maintain the connections I have built in Lusaka. Technology will make that possible—email, Skype, and of course World Pulse!

And yet, I leave Zambia with a bit of a heavy heart. There is so much work to be done here, and in other parts of the globe. There is immense pain, immense loss. But there is also immense hope as women band together to fight the issues that affect them. I wish I could stay in Zambia and see these efforts through to the end. Zambia’s women’s movement is on the verge, and when women come together great things happen.

I will follow along as the women I’ve met post in their journals; I will keep Zambia close to my heart, and hopefully, I will find a way to return to this beautiful country where so much remains possible.

Comments

olutosin's picture

You are so positive

Thanks for remaining strong till the end, and I love the positive note at the end of your journal too. A beautiful country where so much remains possible with positive women coming together to make great things happen. The change wave is all over Africa, these women have remained silent for so long that is why the outburst is deafening. Let the momentum continue.

Thanks for visiting us sister.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Corine- I am with you in your passion for this beautiful country, and the beautiful women therein. Thank you for sharing your heart.

Peace and Hope-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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Sheela Daskara's picture

WP in Mozambique

Do you have a WP chapter in Mozambique?

mrbeckbeck's picture

Hi Sheela

Hi Sheela,
We have 10 members in Mozambique, and you can connect with them through our Member Directory here: http://worldpulse.com/user/directory?country=121

We're a global organization with just one office for our staff, located in Portland Oregon USA.

Are you travelling to Mozambique?
Kind regards,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Sheela Daskara's picture

Thanks Scott. Happy to see

Thanks Scott. Happy to see that your organization is doing wonderful work out there. I am waiting for a confirmation for an assignment in Mozambique. If I get I would be working on HIV/AIDS. That is why I was interested to know about Mozambique. If need arises, I will contact your members there.

Thanks again. Keep up your good work

Sheela

lydiagcallano's picture

Thank you, Corine

I am glad that you mustered the courage and self-sacrifice to visit our sisters in Zambia. I am sure that your mere presence made the Zambians realize that there are people outside of Zambia who care. Thanks a million!

Ma. Lydia G. Callano
Iloilo, Philippines
+63 33 3158137 or 5138830

PRINCESSE MULUZINYERE's picture

Merci infiniment Corine;

merci beaucoup très chère dame pour le courage et sacrifice que tu a montré au people Zambien!
je sais que vous avez laissé un monument inoubliable dans ce pays!
tu va beaucoup les manquer vraiment!

part dans la paix et n'oublit pas ce pays de ta formation madame!
merci encore une fois!
muluzinyereprincesse@gmail.com

Princesse

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