MY JOURNEY

Awah Francisca Mbuli
Posted September 5, 2017 from Cameroon

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MY JOURNEY

I am called Awah Francisca Mbuli,the first and the only female child out of three children my parents have. Am from Kumba, South West Region, Cameroon. My mother is a petit-trader and my father a retired driver by profession. My two junior brothers dropped out of school due to financial difficulties so that I could push ahead with my education. They are currently apprentices in Kumba, where we are all based. I also have a four years old son, and I am not yet legally married to his father. But as an African and the first grand child to both my maternal and paternal grand parents, I have more than 35 cousins who all look up to me for guidance and support.

Kumba is a junction town in my region and full of many economic activities, but my immediate community (my quarter) is a typical African ghetto set up. It is made up of a mix of Christians and Muslims. The living conditions are very poor and many people they’re especially the women are school dropout just at the primary level. And it is the habitat of the Hausa people who usually are not education inclined. Most of the young girls have given birth most are jobless and some do petit trade for survival and some are into some hand work.

The biggest challenge am facing right now are the needs of my organization. I need perspective partners for mentorship and financial assistance to meet up my objectives. I will also love to carry out training on digital empowerment in my neighborhood, so that the women and young girls learn a lot and change their lives.

They are very uneducated, so I will love to tell them the importance of education and advice them to go back to school.

Also I will love to advice them of early child bearing which main cause is prostitution.

Most importantly I will teach them some empowering skills so that they become sustainable.

And I love to teach them how to use the Internet for better purposes, other than Facebook and WhatApp.

I will love to Carry on activities to eradicate or curb all the above issues women in my community face, such as organizing trainings and workshops, advice them on the importance of education and HIV Aids.

Most importantly I will be giving the ladies capital in kind to start up heir little petite trade, such as sewing machines, refrigerator to make yoghurt, Ice cream machines etc.

With all these my actions I will be supporting

Women; especially Survivors of Human trafficking, young mothers, young women who don’t have any idea about digital empowerments.

I raise funds from letters of appeal to some businesspersons in my community.

Also, since I have an organization called Survivors’ Network, Cameroon we the members often contribute money for our activities.

I need a means of movement that mobility and financial resources to carry out my activities. I also need more training on public speaking and also more practical on digital empowerment.

STILL I RISE, BY MAYA ANGELOU

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops. Weakened by my soulful cries. Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard 'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin' in my own back yard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.

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Nakinti
Sep 05, 2017
Sep 05, 2017

Dear AwahFrank,

You have a very interesting journey ahead of you. If all that is carefully put together, you are going to impact lives in your community. I pray you get the resources you need to empower your target population. Keep dreaming, keep acting, and keep impacting

Love

Nakinti

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 06, 2017

Hi Francisca,what a journey full of inspiration you have ahead of your.But I can see you are a very strong and determine woman.Not hoping to depend on others.As you gradually journey your way to success, may you never relent your efforts to impact the change you are to determine to create in your community

Veronica  Ngum Ndi

Founder at Community Association for Vulverlble Persons-Cameroon

https://www.facebook.com/Community-Association-for-Vulnerable-Persons-CAVP

https://cavpsite.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/veronicangum.ndi

www.linkedin.com/in/veronica-ngum

https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/community/stories/2017/06/becoming-an-em...

Jill Langhus
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 06, 2017

Hi Francisca. Thanks for sharing more of your story. You are so dedicated and determined:) What does your mom trade? What exactly is a petit trader?

Awah Francisca Mbuli
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 07, 2017

Dearest Jill,

You are my inspiration. My Mum Trade on perishable foodstuffs and African cereals, such as tomatoes, Garri, corn, pepper, rice, groundnuts.....

Petite trading is doing business in a very small scale. will send you a picture of it.

Thanks for always being there.

Love,

Francisca Awah.

Jill Langhus
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 07, 2017

Hi Francisca. That's nice of you to say. You inspire me, too:) Your strength and determination are amazing, for a start. Thanks for clarification on what your mom does. It's interesting. You're welcome:)

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 06, 2017

Dear Awah Francisca,

Your beautiful heart shines through all you are planning. You have navigated some rough roads, and are already so aware of all around you that needs to be changed. So many cousins looking up to you for leadership! And you have embraced especially all of the girls and women in your community with such a clear understanding of what you can create to bring positive change. What you describe is not easy, but you have shown such strength. I hope that within WorldPulse you feel the support of many urging you on and celebrating your plans.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Awah Francisca Mbuli
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 07, 2017

Tam Dearie,

I wish to say a very big thanks for all the encouraging words and highlighting what lies ahead of me.

With World Pulse i know i will make it.

Most Respectfully,

Francisca Awah

Founder Survivors' Network, Cameroon

www.survivorsnetwork.co

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Feb 10, 2018
Feb 10, 2018

Your journey is so rich, Awah. It's nice to know you belong to a close-knitted family. It must be fun growjng up with 35 cousins!

I honor you for the work that you love to do. You have a huge heart. Thank you for sharing your journey. I like that you included Maya Angelou's Still I Rise. One of my favorites!