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Need: An Empowerment Journey To Cameroon

All girls empowerment workshop at Zengeza High Zimbabwe 2013

I am Princess Marie-Claire Nabila Kuja. I am from Cameroon; a trained nurse and gender specialist who have engaged almost a decade's experience in writing, mentoring, adolescent girls and women's empowerment as well as a very keen interest around girls and women's stories. Almost a decade ago I started writing for an online life style magazine called E-zine on self-esteem and women empowerment. I have authored three bestselling self-help books {Amazon kindle Top 100} on self-esteem building and other empowerment related topics. I am also a self -esteem and empowerment columnist for Unlia Magazine, a New York based life style magazine. Details of my work experience can be found at www.falselabelseries.biz/bio.
And www.unliamagazine.com/

Against my background growing up in Cameroon, I was resilient and determined to break away from the ordinary and pursue my dreams to visibly contribute to development in my country and other parts of the world especially its women and girls. I missed a step as a teen and got pregnant. Life took a different turn as I was immediately stigmatized and treated like and outcast which was greatly damaging to my self-esteem. However, I had a great family who understood the importance of education and decided to give me another chance by sending me to school. Life in school was a nightmare as the bullying [taunting, teasing and name calling] got even worst. But I made a life changing decision—to make education my first and only priority. This decision changed my life because it eventually earned me an opportunity to study abroad (U S A).Education both in the classroom and reading self-help books on self- esteem building, confidence and other related topics plus my personal determination to succeed inspired, empowered and encouraged me to transform my life.

In the course of my experience working with development organizations, and studying abroad {USA} I realized my passion for girls and women's empowerment grew even more and more so I kept pursuing this passion with every fiber in me.
As a means of passing on the privilege I had, I set up an Organization called False Labels Global Inc. False Labels Global Inc. Which is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization established in New York in 2012, primarily seeks to provide a platform where girls and wo women around the world can be inspired and empowered through self-esteem building workshops and empowerment conferences. We also help girls who have the brains but no money with tuition assistance. As part of our program we assist girls to stay in school buy helping with reusable sanitary pads.

While a lot of support from local and international organizations are directed at girls and women in the local communities in most African countries, I turned my focus towards the underserved girl and woman;{ rape victims, domestic violence victims, teenage moms, the very poor and disadvantaged woman, children orphaned by HIV & Aids, breast ironing victims and female genital mutilation victims}. The believe is that their self –esteem {true sense of self-worth and individuality} has been tampered with. They feel like outcast because of the shame and stigma attached to their misfortunes. They stand a greater chance of giving up on life or risk drifting through life with no sense of purpose. The truth is that in these women and girls lies a lot of untapped potentials. If given the opportunity they will become future leaders no doubt. My mission is to convince them or persuade them enough to bring those potentials out despite all odds, by making them to see and value themselves again.

The community I create is for these girls to share information among themselves to improve their knowledge-base and eventually improve their chances of a better life. I find that the subject of confidence, good self-esteem, inspiration, empowerment and so much more are carefully eroding in our society, particularly with girls and it is important that our girls know that their voices count and who they are matters. If they don't know that they are worthy and their voices count today, they will never be bold to speak and impact their environment tomorrow.

What I know for sure is that if you educate a girl child; you educate the future because that educated girl becomes an educated mother and keeps the cycle moving.

As a way of passing on the privilege I had by going school, in 2013, I created Women & Girls of strength Conference & workshop curriculum which can be used in churches, schools, women’s ministries, women’s clubs, to teach ways to build self - esteem and confidence. The model quickly got popular among workshop participants and through word of mouth and the power of social media, I was invited by 2007 CNN hero Betty Makoni from Zimbabwe to come down to southern Africa and help the girls and women whose sense of self -worth had been damaged . The trip was one of I greatest achievements as many girls and women were inspired and empowered to transform their lives.

However, we have a great need. Women & Girls of strength Conference has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas ----Fractured Atlas is one of New York best fiscal sponsorship organization meaning individuals, foundations and organizations can make tax - deductible donations to the project.We are also qualify for grants and have the responsibility of reaching out to people and foundations and also writing proposals for grants. I therefore ask my World Pulse Community for any recommendations you may know out there who can support our course.We need funds for travel to Cameroon and to cover the cost of the project.

Some of my work with girls and women around the world can be found by clicking on the links below;

www.falselabelseries.biz

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=10129

https://www.facebook.com/WomenWhoChangedAfrica?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/pages/False-Labels-Global/198836573624072?ref=hl

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