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GetRude
Posted March 30, 2016 from Zimbabwe

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" Hellen Keller

In a place where my supportive brother and his wife live in a neighbouring country, it has really been tough to get to a place where my own mother supports me morally or otherwise. In her eyes i probably did not turn out how she wanted me to be. My extended family- well they could not be bothered.

I however found solace and comfort in other single mums, through a support group i started this year on Facebook. I feel this is a group of motivated women who have decided to not let the stigma, the poor economy or even lack of support from families hold them back in doing the best for their children- alone. 'Tega zvedu' (alone together) is what this group represents to me.

I realise now i am more grateful for their role in my life than i have taken time to acknowledge. They are my support that make me believe we can do a lot more together than alone :)

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Mar 31, 2016
Mar 31, 2016

I know being a single parent can never be easy, for you the parent as well as the child. And you can only get comfort from others in your same position though you all have different experiences. Am glad you have support from your brother and his wife, that is major because we all need affirmation in the things that we do. Stay blessed my dear and i pray God blesses your project.

helen.ng
Apr 03, 2016
Apr 03, 2016

Hello Getrude,

I really admire your strength as a member, individual and woman! The opening quote from Helen Keller is extremely inspiring, as are you. It's so nice to hear how your experiences allowed you to develop and grow, and support yourself and others all the while. 

With kindest regards,

Helen Ng

lady dynamite
Apr 05, 2016
Apr 05, 2016

you go girl,I am learning a lot from you,this is helping to understand a lot i have taken for granted.

Keep your head high and be an inspiration.

From a proud Zimbabwean sister

eatladi
Apr 06, 2016
Apr 06, 2016

Hello Getrude,

Very true that together we can do so many things. I can understand where you are coming from being a single mother myself. But all I can say to you my dear is your first step to happy life was when you started the support group. World Pulse have an amazing community of women who have inspired me with their stories. This is one of them. Keep your head up and do the best you can.

Warm Regards

Abigail

Terry Shiundu
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016

Hallo Gertrude,

How true it is, that alone we can do so little but by pulling together, we are able to accomplish much. It must difficult to go through life alone but I'm glad that as you help other single women, you too are finding solace, comfort and a family that understands you and appreciates you. No wonder the Bible says, it is more blessed to give than to receive. As we give of ourselves, we end up receiving more than we imagined, your personal story being a powerful example of that!

Terry