My work has transformed me into what I call an international citizen. I am working outside of my traditional community where I am understood and where my culture does not conflict with my host community’s. My world view is different from my current host community’s; hence my areas of concern are not necessarily a shared concern and my interventions are not necessarily welcome. Navigating around the different world views without compromising my beliefs and at the same time respecting what is important for those with whom I live is a continuous challenge.
I have undertaken to learn about other people’s cultures, to share of what I have and to receive what is given to me, for then, we understand each other easier, and better. I have seen that while our world views differ, we more often than not have common ground, from where we can operate.
What do I do with two kids who want to go to school and have no school fees? Well, most likely I can pay for the school. And I do. What if both from sickle cell anaemia, and their single mother can barely afford to feed them, let alone pay for their medical bills? How can I empower her mother so that she is at least able to feed her children? Is there any way to facilitate medical care for these children? As outlined in the example above, many of the problems surrounding me and which I would like to be involved in solving require finances and technical expertise; my financial strength is very weak compared to these challenges, and further - expertise requires financing, which again I am limited in facilitating. This lack often leaves me frustrated.
Through WorldPulse/PulseWire, I have found communion in kindred spirits, people who can identify with my world, which in itself is a great encouragement. For both challenges, I feel that the forum offered by WorldPulse, and through the exchange therein, I will better understand my environment and that of others. With wider vision greater action becomes possible. I have seen the space to share my concerns and get advise. I will request a lady from Oregon, who today called herself my friend’ (what a joy!), what her lending team that is focusing on provision of micro finance to female entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries can do to empower the mother of my two friends.
Finally, I will write in Pulsewire. I will write and write and write, and I will listen even more, because where I come from, we say that whenever people speak, things rarely go wrong. I know these challenges and barriers will be broken down.
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