Irreversible Change

Achieng Nas
Posted April 16, 2013 from Uganda
Girls in different Schools
Girls in different Schools
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Education increases the value of girls. Each step ahead in school is a better future. I was 14 when I was a barmaid; selling alcohol day and night in my rural village. I did this to raise money to continue with my education, after a whole year of struggle and risking my life to hungry old men, this was not fruitful at all. I decided to return home; together with my mother struggled through agriculture and brewing alcohol to raise funds that pushed me through Ordinary Level of Education in the year 2000.

I could not afford Advanced level, there was just no way forward, so I had to stay home for another two years not until I came in contact with an American woman who accepted to educate me with the help of her family and friends. Rebecca, her husband Jim and her Sister Shelby worked hard and harder to push me through the university until I graduated with a bachelor in Information Technology.

Today I have a fair job with Build Africa. I did not stop at my job, I am giving back to my community; I am supporting 66 rural girls and 1 boy in secondary schools https://www.facebook.com/RGCMUganda by connecting them with women and men around the globe who educate and mentor them through my grassroot project Rural Girl Child Mentorship (RGCM Uganda). I also have a young NGO - Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation (PCE Foundation), a grassroots national development NGO is registered in Uganda, currently operating in rural communities of Tororo and Buteleja districts, Eastern Uganda, supporting and working with the grassroots pupulation. This is only the beginning for a young woman desperate for change. It is unbelievable that in the 30 years I have lived in this world, I have lived happier for less than 4 years, the rest were years of HARD struggles to make a better future.

I appeal to every girl out there to never give up, I appeal to a struggling mother and father not to sell their daughters into marriage. Please hung on there for 4 to 7 years while struggling to raise money or looking for opportunities for your daughters left and right. After you have read this journal, I request you to print and share it with a family in grassroots, struggling and wanting to give up. Tell them not to sell of their daughters but struggle to improve the lives of their daughters by educating them beyond the primary education (free in many countries today). It is very true that education brings irreversible change. That of a girl should not be under estimated.

Girls Transform the World 2013

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Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Hi Achienglas,

It is so good to see your writing on WP again. Your message is so very encouraging to young women and men as well. Thank you. You will be an asset to Build Africa and others in your world.

ubuntu,

Wendy

Achieng Nas
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

You are doing great work in Zambia! I am so proud of you!!! In such a time as this, we need to network, the impact we create through networking makes everything we do better and strong rooted. Best regards,

Beatrice

Olanike
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

It's sure been a while and I am happy to read about all the wonderful work you are up to. You have really made a world of difference by giving back to your community. Posterity will remember you for good and just like me, I know there are many out here and beyond who are inspired by your resilience, passion and generosity.

I am glad that I read this post!

Greengirl

Achieng Nas
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

I have taken a while without making posts in this great Media, Greengirl. Thank you for reading my post and giving me the courage to carry on.

Peace.

Beatrice

ikirimat
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Hello Beatrice Thank you for standing up for our daughters. Sharing your experience is so compelling and worth sharing.

Your voice is strong and keep voicing/

Achieng Nas
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Life challenges are lessons, if taken note of, can turn into a ministry. Good day. Beatrice

Julie Collura
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Individual acts really do create global change. We are all part of the solution.

Achieng Nas
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

We are all part of the solution for the change we need. Thank you. Beatrice

Aimee Knight
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013

Thank you for your tireless efforts dear Bea. You continue to inspire me.

Achieng Nas
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013

You inspire me too, Aimee! Thank you always for your support and encouragements.xxx

Bea

libudsuroy
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 21, 2013

Dear friend, your story is inspiring! The endurance and boldness just shine through and I love most the gesture of paying forward. As they say, may your tribe increase!

Achieng Nas
May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013

I really appreciate your comment.

Have a great week.

LeenieT
May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013

Dear AchiengNas,

Thank you for sharing your story of strength with the WorldPulse community. The photo collage you posted is absolutely beautiful, and speaks to the unstoppable power of community, the power of relationships, and the synergy that is created when women like you work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure that young girls in your community can experience a better future. Your love will forever remain a part of the lives of these bright girls.

All the best to you,

Lena

Achieng Nas
May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013

I feel this is the best reward I could every give all my life. I love doing it and I will continue to do so as long as I live. I appreciate your observation and comment.

Best regards. Beatrice