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VOF Week 3: Transforming Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones – It is Possible

The challenges and barriers I face in blogging almost deter me from blogging. I live in a city and country that is now well-renowned for frequent and unpredictable power-cuts. The ruling authorities seem so scared of ordinary people’s ability to access information on the internet that they have taken it upon themselves to stifle the development and upgrading of our infrastructure. Therefore the connectivity is quite slow, disrupted much, and this coupled with can be very frustrating. It is difficult to always be in touch when one can sometimes spend a week without gaining access. Access issues are also affected by costs in internet cafes.

My work with communities also sometimes takes me to places in rural areas where there is absolutely no possibility of accessing a computer, a phone line, or internet connection. The distance one would need to travel to access internet can take more than half the day. Sometimes I am involved in training, as a facilitator and at times as participant. The programme is many times such that one cannot travel to internet cafes as they would be closed by the time one finishes for the day.

Currently, I try to get round these challenges by building and maintaining excellent relationships with some NGOs who have excellent broadband connection. I do get the permission to access internet from time to time. I have also now seen the value of writing in my personal journal every day. I can still use my pen and book, and can do this under candlelight even. This will mean that I can type at my leisure when necessary and post my assignments and blogs at the earliest opportunity that I can access internet. This is turning out to be an exciting venture, useful for stress relief, and quality of my “me” times. Despite the challenges, and despite the outcomes of this Voices of Our Future Project, at the end of this I will come out a consistent blogger, and will assist other women around me with their writing and IT skills.

Comments

Dear Martha;
Thank you for sharing your feelings and thoughts. You portrayed the challenges that you encounter to use and express yourself via the internet.I felt the full impact of your circumstances through your words.
I also really enjoyed how you described your solutions to lack of easy internet access-"the pen is mightier than the sword." I would have liked to have read more of your words on the subject of changing challenges into opportunities as well.Thank you.

-Daryn

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It all begins with me

Dear Daryn

Thank you for your comment. I think the first challenge is myself, facing and dealing my fears and inhibitions and - World Pulse is helping me with that, particularly or moreso, with the Voices of the Future Project. My fears have been with managing time, procastination, and just waiting for the power to be restored. However, I have had to remind myself that I grew up in a small rural mountain village where there was no electricity, and only came into an urban area as an adult. I even worked as a teacher in one rural school, and had to prepare my work and mark pupils' books by candlelight. So, this interruption in terms of power should not be an issue at all. I chose to be part of this project, so I am dealing with it now. It took World Pulse to help me with that, and I am a much happier and more responsible person for that.

Regards
Martha

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Mckenzie's picture

Frustrating

There is so much to be done online, limited access because of the hindrances you mentioned above, I can imagine would be incredibly frustrating. I am well acquainted with the nephew of Sally Hayfron, and this relationship sparked me to do some research. It seems that in the beginning, these visionaries and leaders were striving for a much more promising path. How can one lose sight so easily?

Thank you for your piece on blogging. You described effective approaches to overcome your challenges, keep up the good work, and I'll be sending positive vibrations while envisioning you writing under candlelight, late at night.

~Mckenzie

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Appreciated

Thank you, Mckenzie.

Sally Hayfron is one of my biggest role models, and we really miss her at this time as our country goes through so much turmoil. She had that calming effect. In many ways we like to think things would have been different for our country if she was still with us.

Take care
Martha

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