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VOF Week 4 (Vision Speaks Volumes: Turning Vulnerability into Victory)

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It is now almost two decades since that dark day in my life when, saw the pangs of death mercilessly snatching away the pillars of my family and threatening to tear apart our household. HIV/Aids had taken us captive with nothing to look up for except the thin air of misery that saw my siblings and I blown away like a puff of smoke, daring not to be heard, be seen nor be felt.

I remember vividly, one day travelling to the city with my two little brothers. My hands too little to hold both of them and the luggage in hands safely while trying to get to what was once known to be home. By grace we got there but my eyes could not get dry of tears as I cried in awe wondering where is God in all these and Why me? Many were the nights of such one and only unanswered question? Why me?

I refused to believe in fate and instead sought to find faith when I assured myself that "It is well". In this faith, I found the courage first to admit that the cause of death of my beloved folks was not long illness bravely borne but HIV/AIDS and I vowed to step on every platform and confront HIV/AIDS head on not allowing my spirit to wallow in pity but to stand up tall and strong to speak against injustices that HIV/AIDS has caused in my life, in my community, in the Society,

That was the dawning of a new chapter in my life. as if reckoning the spiritual text that "before you were formed in your mother's womb, I knew you and set you apart to be My servant". With this, it was envisioned me the multitudes of women and children in Africa being denied inheritance upon the death of their benefactors, living in poverty, Can there be a way out of this? Yes but not without a price.

What is the price? You may ask. For me the price has been along list of events in my personal and corporate lives that have been grounds long years of learning through experience and a test. At times it has been sweet but other times it has been bitter that I desired quitting. But the vision like a mighty river moves me from the mountain tops of meeting with dignitaries to listen to the voices of the women and children living down low on the valley of inequality and even across the bridges of networking forums like worldpulse.com.

The vision for me is: to TURN VULNERABILITY INTO VICTORY and PAIN INTO POWER, one woman/girl at a time, one village at a time. I have learnt that forgiveness is a key that lock the past and opens a new door to the future. In turning around my captivity by amongst others things, forgiving but not forgetting and accepting that there is no second chance for those carrying vision because we mess our second chances. If the second chance was the only chance remaining, no vision carrier would make it to the promise. For a visionary, there is always another chance, and if the first and the second fail there is another chance.

These are the lessons, I bring along with to be a mouthpiece of peace and empowerment for women, As a correspondent, my responsibility is void if the women and girls in rural Africa cannot be allowed to powerfully and vibrantly express their views about their lives and what they desire. If they cannot be included as equal partners who not only take but give value in the discourses as world citizens. I therefore diligently partake of the task to be the mouth piece and let the vision speak volumes and turn around captivities.

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katea's picture

I am listening

I am truly humbled by your experiences and resilience. Your story is a source of power and love for your community and us here on Pulse Wire.

I agree with you: one step at a time.

I haven't lived enough to carry a soul like yours.

My prayers are with you and your community.

love,
Katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

Sure Katea, It humbles me the more as I learn from the experiences of other women as well. Just like you shared about your friend, I like the courage he took and that confirms that behind every veil of problem there is a blessing. We only get shortsighted and see the problem but if we can learn to look beyond the problem there are many good things that can come out of that hill of cares and uncertainities and elevate us to a peak of victory

Maria de Chirikof's picture

hugs

I admire you for having the faith, courage and determination to truly help people in a meaningful way. I love how you brought the woman of your area to me by the Rafiki Club and give us the chance to build friendships like this. It is by the wisdom and views of woman like yourself that we will help change the world, one woman, one family, one community at a time.

love,

Maria

Dear Maria,

We are a mighty army and our training as women cannot be compared to any other becaue we have gone through life's training. If only we can unite and use our weapons to safe guard society from the a breed of people with greed. If only we can support each other we can rebuild our brocken hearts, our torn families our bleeding nations and our ailing mother earth. My mother once told me, that you never know the pain until you experience it. Thank God we have experienced the pain of bringing forth and if we endured then there is nothing we cannot overcome.

Araceli's picture

Rafiki Club

Dear MamaAfrica,
I just answered your invitation to join the Rafiki Club. I am delighted and honored to be a part of this incredible and beautiful project.

I will be in Kenya at the end of May working with a Doctors Without Borders Project, and also on issues of female genital cutting. Being in Kenya will help me to get more connected with the women you are trying to reach through the Rafiki project. My daughter Sophia who is 15 would love to be paired with a girl of her age as well. What an incredible project!
Let me know if I can be of any further help. I wish I could meet with you in person.
Araceli

mamaAfrica's picture

Karibu Kenya, Nchi Ya Jua

Welcome to Kenya, The Country with great sunshine; It shines more with smiles on the faces of the women in the rural villages. We will be honoured to host you in our mission houses, our adult education classes, our sistaer mentoring camps and our rafiki sessions.
If you can help one woman who has never held a pen in a her life to learn how to write her name you have achieved. Next time she goes to the bank she will not thumb sign but right her name with pride.

Karibu Kenya, Karibu sana Project Africa

mamaAfrica's picture

Karibu Kenya, Nchi Ya Jua

Welcome to Kenya, The Country with great sunshine; It shines more with smiles on the faces of the women in the rural villages. We will be honoured to host you in our mission houses, our adult education classes, our sistaer mentoring camps and our rafiki sessions.
If you can help one woman who has never held a pen to write inher life to write her name you have achieved. Next time she goes to the bank she will not thumb sign but right her name with pride.

Karibu Kenya, Karibu sana Project Africa

Genice Jacobs's picture

VOF week 4

Hi again,

I was lucky to be assigned to read your essay for week 4. I've really been enjoying your writings and appreciate your encouragement regarding my solar energy project.

Another great essay. I love how you are able to share your personal story and history as a backdrop for sharing your vision for the future. You seem to live that vision, which turns it into a reality by your very actions and integrity. You are an inspiration and a leader. I believe you would make a great citizen journalist or professional journalist and I am cheering on your success. I also love your use of metaphor to draw a powerful picture.

I think that your vision is strong, audacious and yet realistic and grounded.

Keep at it.

In friendship and partnership,
Genice

Genice Jacobs
Profluence

Katie McDonald's picture

Congratulations

Congratulations on becoming a Voices of the Future Correspondent.

Best wishes.

Katie

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