World Pulse Spirit Places Ten on my shoulders
In retrospection after ten, I sat to think about our journey. Our journey as a community of women and men who discuss, comment and love to share our experiences and expertise on world pulse community. May be it will be right to say; women and men from the developing world, who are seeking self and communal development.
In actual fact, some of us came to World Pulse in search of a platform to raise our voices, a place of succor and of friendship, a place where we can be heard, listened to and be given a pat on the back after a hard day’s work. This strongly applies to me.
Taking a closer look at this, I come to the full realization that World Pulse is not just a place for voice alone, but a place for ‘push-ups’ too. In addition, I discovered another strange thing; there is a way World Pulse impacts on each and everyone. There is a World Pulse energy that forces every one of us to become who we want to be in the world.
World Pulse may not realize what it’s doing to us; women from the developing world. It may not even have it at the back of its mind or as one of its objectives. It may not be a part of the vision and mission of World Pulse too.
Whether we like it or not, it is gradually allowing itself to become a pillar to a higher ground for most of the women, who are interested in developing themselves and their communities. World Pulse is unknowingly building women who are role models to upcoming women. It is bridging the 'I cant do it spirit with you can do and be it spirits'.
We came in with the intention of finding our voices, along the line, we found a platform, our voices, our interested listeners and ultimately began to raise the voices of everyone around us. It became easier for us to plough further, gain ground, access opportunities from the resource exchange and from other World Pulse partners.
Gradually, we began to build our momentum worldwide. We began to expand in the sisterhood. We became more empowered through 'just an online source', and it made our solutions easier. We began to read good news about one another; I had to check out with my sisters where they are and what they are doing because, daily, these women worldwide, became agents of change, not just World Pulse journalists anymore but World change agents.
The spirit made it easier for us to make the best decisions about ourselves and others, we find it easier to support, help and stretch a hand because that is what we read and see on World Pulse daily. The individual’s stories encourage us and fuel our engine of progress. It became easy for a struggling young lady to start a scholarship scheme in Cameroon, when some other persons will channel such opportunity to dresses, her beauty make up and the likes. It is not a bad idea to beautify ourselves, neither is it a bad idea to sponsor a poor child. World Pulse sisterhood made it easier to prioritize what is advantageous to the World.
Each story of strength, of beautiful ideas of success told by our sisters here, propels us to become better change makers.
The power of the Pulse community continues to push us up; we continually build up our already created learning centre on the WorldPulse community. These days, nothing is new or strange again; the community is turning into a citadel of learning. We do not only share the news, we readily share knowledge everyday. Most importantly, those who love to read became enlightened daily by numerous interesting and illuminating posts.
This World Pulse Tenth year anniversary write up, is inspired by a sister from the war torn Somalia, once she sent a mail to me that she found it hard to access opportunity and whenever she writes her country's name in any application form, she would be rejected. As usual, I began my ranting, advice and suggestions for her. Consequently, she continued to write, read and enjoy our community and made friends with like minded people, and she gained ground, became known. Today, I sent a mail to confirm the new country, where she is studying presently, I smiled and said it will be unwise not to pen down this experience in appreciation of a committed journey by World Pulse team. Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan has no hold anymore on any World Pulse sister.
Again, I turned on my facebook chat, to have a short discussion with another World Pulse sister, she said, she was trying to put some finishing touches to a poster she will be presenting in Thailand next week. She has being selected to share her experience on working with HIV/Drug addicts in her country. I smiled silently; I remembered how she desperately wanted to do this few years ago. Now, she has become stronger, better and has shared her expertise with Ugandans, Nigerians, Kenyans and Indonesian organizations who have travelled down to her country for knowledge sharing programmes.
How easy it is to grow when you know and realize that you are supported by great women and men worldwide.
The last editing work I did for one of my sisters in Cameroon was for a presentation in Canada, she is working with aged women in her country. I was proud to listen to her presentation. We met on World Pulse, when we were trying to find our feet four years ago, and became inseparable neighbours. She visited me in Nigeria last year and we made the tie dye T Shirt for her annual aged women walk in Buea.
Yesterday, my husband sent a mail to me that one of our World Pulse sisters told him that she wanted to be like me, and now she has arrived in India to study. I smiled and said that is right, but she should have told me and I would have given her my secret. My study in India has not taught me anything new, my best lessons came from World Pulse women and I will categorically say that I have taught Indians things too, not necessarily to learn in India but I have contributed to the empowerment in my little way.
World Pulse has tapped into our ‘available potentials’ it is aware that we are brilliant, all that we needed is a little encouragement, and this was provided by the team here. I do not wish that there are many World Pulse organizations in the world; instead, I wish that the World Pulse spirit in each of us is continually put into action. So that, we are able to transmit ‘life’ into the lives every woman and girl we encounter; the both educated and the non-educated women/girls.
The positive energy on WorldPulse presents a platform for voice, friendship, space, encouragement and a push, for a ‘you can do’ attitude. We cannot please everyone, but we can transmit this fire into the lives of just ten women in a year. The multiplier effects will give a new face lift to those ten women we encounter yearly.
I wont stop wondering how many tens of women and men, World Pulse has touched their lives within ten years.
Happy tenth anniversary World Pulse!!