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THE NAKINTI NOFURU SCHOLARSHIP: WORLD PULSE INSPIRED ME TO DO THIS!

A small boy advocating for girls education on International Day of the Girl Child

We need stories that are “solutions oriented,” says World Pulse.

The phrase “Solutions Oriented” has really has been a powerful one for me. I have never stopped pondering on the power that lies in these lines.

When we started the application process of VOF 2013, I came in contact with this phrase. It is often used to tell us the kind of stories that World Pulse is interested in. It fits practically well when we think of the world we are trying to build, and change we aspire to bring. It leads us into thinking about sharing solutions, rather than just sharing problems. It creates an opportunity for us to think out of the box. It drives us to the wild to look for or propose solutions for the worlds multiple problems. It locates us [women] as the most important agent of change.
Come to think of it, why must our journal entries be solutions oriented? Ask yourself, and like me think about the solution this is trying to bring.

The solutions oriented nature of our entries dragged me into a solutions based approach for the education of girls in a rural community whose agricultural produce contributed greatly in my education. I cannot forget how mum and dad toiled daily in the farm just to make sure I had money and food to take to school. I cannot forget the members of the community who were always there to give out loan to my parents to enable my siblings and I pay school fees and buy other school needs.

When I move along the village street whenever I go back to the village, I pay respect to all the rural community members whose fingers have lost the shape of beauty all in a bid to make life better. I salute all rural mothers whose daily contribution to their daughter’s education has indirectly impacted in development of the nation. Remember, they went through this process in pain and DEDICATION.

All this struggles led me to write my VOF piece -- “When poverty strikes, education is at risk: Four young girls skipped classes to raise money for others’ education.” You can read it in my Journal. The solution oriented nature of this piece, has led me to a bigger solution oriented course. I want to feed back the finger that fed me.

SOLUTIONS ORIENTED…OH! WHAT A THOUGHT PROVOKING PHRASE!

From next academic year, 2014/2015, I am coming up with the Nakinti Nofuru scholarship in this village of mine called Bai Kuke. In Bai Kuke, there are 2 secondary schools, and 4 primary schools. In each school, I will pay tuition for at least 2 students whose school fees/tuition is less than 40,000frs CFA ($80). These students must fall within a criteria that I will work out with some educational authorities and elders in the village, one of which must be -- needy and intelligent student. The student must be a female too.

How am I going to raise this money?

Monthly salary…yes. I have started saving some amount of my monthly income in a bank. This will give me a reasonable amount by next academic year. It is not going to be much, but I am sure to raise at least $600 for a start. God be my helper. And this will go on every academic year.

I know, for sure, that some female students in the village drop out of school because they keep sending them away for owing tuition, and they go a long way to become teenage mothers. And this makes the poverty cycle to become bigger.

That special girl, whom you may see through school, may be the one to bring change to the nation.
This girl may be the one to show you love all the days of your life. She may be the one to hold your head when you are breathing your last, place a warm kiss on your forehead when you lay still.

And remember, you have educated a nation!!!

~~[Mentors and sponsors are encouraged to partner!]
~~[Elite community members are welcome to collaborate!!]

Comments

olutosin's picture

More Blessing

This is inspiring my sister. We do no need to become Oprah Winfrey before we help girls and build Girls' Academy. It is the same when we give our best; one girl at a time....

More blessing

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

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Nakinti's picture

Thank you my sister

My sister Olu,
You are right. We can make change in our own little ways...it doesn't need to be a huge one. If we all offer help within our desired means, we can change the lives of girls in our communities.
Thank you Olu.
Love.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

mrbeckbeck's picture

Start small, make a change!

Beautiful and inspiring message here Nakinti! We can all make a difference in a small way if we look at the world in a solutions-oriented way!

Go sister! Start small, make a change.

Cheering you on,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Nakinti's picture

Yes, one step at a time.

Dear Mrbeckbeck,
One step at a time, we can make a difference if we look at the world in a solutions-oriented way.
Thanks for the inspiring words...I appreciate.
Love from Cameroon.
Nakinti.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

delphine criscenzo's picture

You are impressive!

Dear Nakinti,

Your generosity is impressive! I feel so blessed to have you as a role model and inspiration in my life. What you are doing is incredible but the reasons why you are doing it is more moving!
You are a blessing to the world!
You will inspire generations of young women to come!
Much love,

Delphine Criscenzo

Nakinti's picture

My soul leaps!

Dear Delphine,
Your words have lifted my soul.
Delphine dear, you are a bigger role model...thank you for thinking this way about me too.
I am praying that God sees me through this change-making process...sure he will.
xoxoxo
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

LeanaM's picture

So impressed!

Nakinti, this is wonderful! Congratulations on this initiative; I'm sure it'll change the lives of many in your village, and not just the girls'! I hope you'll keep us updated...

Leana Mayzlina
Digital Action Campaigns Manager
World Pulse

Nakinti's picture

Lets educate nations

Dear LeanaM,
I am sure it will go as far as changing the nation.
It is said that if you educate a girl, you educate a nation.
I am aspiring to educate nations, God willing.
Thank you sister.
Sending you love from Cameroon
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Mukut's picture

No wonder you are my shero

You are a gem !!! No wonder I call you my shero and what a fantastic one you are.

We know the importance of educating girl child, it will change her world. Along with her world, it change the future of an entire nation and you have set the ball rolling.

Nakinti Nofuru scholarship sounds amazing.

Thank you for being brave and kind. Cameroon and the whole world will surely remember you, always.

love and deep respect,

Mukut Ray

Nakinti's picture

Thank you sister

My sister from India,
How sweet! Your words always make my soul happy.
Mukut, you are my Shero too.
I know you are capable of doing great things.
Thank you so much sister.
I am sending you true love from Cameroon
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Kara-Amena's picture

Bravo!!

Dear Nakinti,

I heard your name mentioned many times during my days in Portland for World Pulse's 10th anniversary celebration last week. It thrills me to see you starting this great initiative. Bravo!! Just today I discovered that there is a UN designated holiday called "International Day of Rural Women" - it was on October 15th. Here is some information about it: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/rural-women-day

I wish you the very best with your project. Your success will inspire you and your beneficiaries to do more and more!!

~Kara

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

Nakinti's picture

kara, you made my day!

Dear Kara-Amena,
Oh my goodness! I am so excited to know that my name was mentioned during WP 10th anniversary celebration..
Oh my gosh! I am so, so excited.
Coincidence -- World Rural Women's Day. I am just from celebrating World Rural Women's Day yesterday the 18th of October 2013 organized by the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and the Family North West. I actually prepared a paper on this day on RURAL WOMEN AND NETWORKING. Since 15th was a public holiday in Cameroon, the event was push forward to yesterday. It was a wonderful celebration sharing with rural women of Bamenda, Cameroon.
Thank you kara for making my day.
Sending you love from Cameroon.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Jensine's picture

So Proud of You

Nakinti -

What a joy to read your news. Your determination and commitment to young girls in your community shines as bright as the sun. You are showing the world that any woman can make a difference in the lives of others. Even though it is a stretch for you - you can do it. You are courageous, brave, and resourceful - giving back in every step.
I am so proud of you, and so proud to know you! The future of Cameroon is changing before our eyes because of you!

In partnership,

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Nakinti's picture

Big love Jensine!

Dear Jensine,
I have only one thing to tell you:
"It is such a joy reading your comments."
Love from Cameroon.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

MWAMINI's picture

congratulation my sister, who

congratulation my sister, who has a heart to help do not ask to have alot of thing and together we can eradicate the poverty that if aa mind sharing
we never oublira the hand that brought you out of the tomb.
thank you and courage.

God bless you
Evelyne Mwamini

Evelyne

Nakinti's picture

Thank you Lovely Mwamini

Lovely Mwamini,
Thank you for this lovely comment. In our own little ways, we can make a lasting change.
Thank you dear.
Sending you love from Cameroon.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Sangita Thapa's picture

Respect!

Wow! what an inspiration you are to your people, to all of us! I salute your initiative and i deeply respect your innovative sense of solution. You deserve applause. Im soooo proud of you. God bless you and always be with your good endeavours. Thank you and best of luck! :)

Nakinti's picture

God bless you too!

Thank you, dear Sangita!
May the almighty God richly bless you too.
xoxo
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

mrudberg99's picture

YOU are that girl.

"That special girl, whom you may see through school, may be the one to bring change to the nation." - Nakinti

That special girl is YOU Nakinti. You are bringing change to our world via teaching and guiding and leading courageous acts based on faith and belief! You are one of those very special souls. Thank you for leading the way and being an advocate for those who need support and guidance.

Remember... we are all here for YOU too. :) Thank you for continuing to share your words and stories.

Much love always,

Molly

Molly Rudberg-Leshnock
Curator of Leadership
Brand Storyteller
mrudberg@mrlpro.com

Nakinti's picture

Thank you Molly!

Oh dear Molly,
I am touched by what you said:
"That special girl is YOU Nakinti"
Thank you so much Molly. You have been part of that inspiration for me. I am hoping to go through this process judiciously and successfully, without any misunderstandings. You know some community members may think in some other direction, but I hoping they understand why the limited number and why the particular choices.
With love.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Greengirl's picture

Great Move Nakinti................

The step you've taken is truly inspiring and I am sure that posterity will remember you for good. Well done Nakinti, you deserve every support as you continue in your quest to better the lot of girls in your community and beyond.

Best Wishes,
Greengirl

Nakinti's picture

Great comments my dear Greengirl

My dear Green girl,
Your comments always give me strength and assurance to move forward.
Thank you so much for pledging your support to my cause.
I love you sister.
Love.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Hi Nakinti,

Youa re the angel we have all been waiting for and want to walk with.

Nakinti this is beyond words.

The only thing is, you did not say how to send you money or wire it. Please inform us.

Thank you.

Wendy Stebbins

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.

Nakinti's picture

Lovely Wendy!

My dear Wendy,
You have always been there to encourage me. Whenever you comment to my posts, I know the comments will be strong enough to make me want to move on endlessly. Thank you Wendy.
I have missed you a lot!
I will send you an email, ASAP!
Thanks, love.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Wendyiscalm's picture

Somewhere I have your

Somewhere I have your personal email but could you email me it again please:

Mine is: headingforgreatness@gmaiil.com

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.

orionisis's picture

TKO

As always, your words knock hard on the door of my heart, Nakinti - another Technical Knock Out (TKO)! If you were a boxer instead of a writer, you would be the champion with the big gold champion's belt and the golden gloves. You channel the Warrior Spirit, the warrior of peace who fights to re-balance the unbalanced energy of the world, where ever she finds herself. I saw that same energy radiate from Leina and Beatrice when they spoke in Portland; you priestess women take my breath away.

Your rural community of members whose fingers are gnarled with labor and dedication truly deserves my respect and love - I know this, even though I have not been there - because it produced YOU. And you in turn are making sure that the next Nakinti is nourished and given the chance to shine. And what else does a Warrior Spirit do, but clear a strong path for the next generation of warriors of peace? Her Love is not like a fluffy pink valentine card: it is fearsome, deep, and unstoppable.

I, like Wendy, want to contribute a gift to honor your spirit and the village that produced you. In fact, many might. Perhaps there is a crowd-funding web platform you can use? I have not used them but I have donated money through them, and I read that most are reliable and user-friendly. And they allow even people who have not heard of you to learn about your work and perhaps decide to support it. Just an idea.

Thank you for being you, Nakinti. I love you!!
Orion

Nakinti's picture

My love!

My love,
You always, always, always, always awaken my self-esteem.
You just succeeded in making my day.
I wish I were a boxer Orion, so that I could be in possession of the 'big gold champion's belt and the golden gloves.'
My dear, I am in awe to think that you have offered to contribute a gift to my girls in Bai Kuke village...wao! I am over-joyed. I didn't know that a simple initiative rooted from my heart could attract good-hearted donors like you. I never saw this coming from you nor from Wendy...thank you ladies.
CROWD-FUNDING??? You will have to tell me some more about that...I am waiting to hear.
Orion dear, I am shouting out big love to World Pulse for connecting me to you. I am sure destiny made it possible for us to meet.
I love you dear Orion.
Love, love, love, love, love, coming from Bamenda, Cameroon

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

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