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At the first meeting of our women meeting in Port Harcourt, I introduced them to a 10 minutes practical session of getting connected to the internet through with their phones. We looked at the many functions of mobile phones and how to get connected to the outside world by the use of their phones. We actually go connected to the internet by buying little mobile data and getting started on how to connect to World pulse community. We also had on laptop in place.

We got introduced to how to buy data plan; how to get connected to the internet and how to connect or get registered with world pulse online community. They were meant to bring out their phones and hold them in their hands while I went round showing them what they are expected to do.

At the end of our time, they were happy of the short workshop and practice as they got more knowledgable about the functions of their phones and how to apply some of the icons. They really expressed their joy as two women took their turns in short speeches. Though some already knew how to get connected but learnt of the work and role world pulse on line community plays in the life of women across the globe. They understood that women in other parts of the world are telling their everyday stories from their domestic lives to work, religious and social activities, so they were encouraged to share their expectations, difficulties and joy with other women.

The constraint we had was time and a lot of we're not literate enough to grasp the other uses of phone aside from making & answering calls.

My main challenge is how to get these other women who are not literate enough to learn the use of internet and how to tell their stories themselves.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »



erincriley's picture

Thank you!

Otahelp, Thank you for sharing your story about teaching women to connect to the internet via their phones and the different functionality! With your help, these women will be able to share their story with World Pulse, just like you have.

You mention that one challenge to teaching these women because they were not literate enough. Was there a language barrier or was it to do with computers? One potential solution is to teach women how to use their cell phones or computer. Well done!

MariaAle's picture

Dear Otahelp, So happy to

Dear Otahelp,
So happy to read your story. I can visualize yourself in the picture walking around this women and showing them how to used the basic phone tools and after how to connect to internet and world pulse. This is great! I truly believe that getting involve to this women into practice make them more interest and excited. Like you said, you could see their JOY, it's contagious and it only took 10 minutes. I'm sure now they have another perspective from what they have learned and what they can do from now on. Sometimes ,I include myself, we are afraid of doing something new because we don't know how to do it. Your support was a " gold key" in this situation. The main challenge in the actually it is literality but I hope this workshops can continue in Port Harcourt and this group of women at some point will teach other in their community or inviting more people to be part of world pulse and share their life stories.
I like this phrase:
Tell me and I'll forget
Teach me and I might remember
Involve me and I learn

Thank you for your help and give this women a new opportunity of learning.

Warm wishes,

Maria Alejandra Alcaraz

gracest's picture

Thank you, Otahelp!


Thank you for the work that you do to help women in your community, and thank you for sharing your experiences with this community! These examples are exactly what this campaign is hoping to achieve-- to find out what women are doing on the small scale to empower themselves through technology, and what challenges we face. Hopefully, this campaign will help to communicate these issues to a larger public and we can work together to provide better access for all!
I admire your innovation and courage to stand up and be a leader in your community.
Thank you,


otahelp's picture

Thank you pals for comments

I am happy that this post got reactions from members. Thank you Encricrily for your comment. Actually there was no language barrier but technology know how. Since some are not literate it was a challenge making them understand the icons and their functionalities. But we will continue to take it up once in a while when we meet to see if by constant practice they will be able to learn the uses.

Maria & Grace thank you for your wonderful comments and encouragement. We will continue to work together.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative
Lets keep the light shining

phoang's picture

Thank you for sharing!

Otahelp, your work in teaching these women how to use their phones, connect to the Internet, and register with supportive communities are huge steps in opening their eyes and voices to the world and allowing them to learn from one another. It's fantastic that there are people like you leading such powerful workshops. Best of luck to you, and know that we are all supporting you from afar! Thanks for all you do.

erincriley's picture



You wrote a thorough post! You answered many questions and gave wonderful points. Your work teaching women how to utilize phones to get to the internet is great.

Great job!



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