Just like the ocean started with one drop of water, my dreams for safety, fulfillment and hope for all have several pieces. The priority that makes our action plan for the coming few years is about our vision of a society where every young girl, girl child, lonely woman (abandoned, widow, divorced, discriminated against by customs and laws) have been empowered to find their way to life (not just surviving but thriving), hope and a future. To succeed in this, we also need to fight the existing discrimination, marginalization and destruction systems . Most of the women live in our rural areas, in refugees host villages and within refugees camps, but some are also hidden in our cities.
As we work towards these dreams, my multilingualism (proficiency in English, French and several Cameroonian languages), my training and experience in English-French translation, in project management (planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, etc), in conflict resolution, adult teaching, participatory methods, in computer literacy and public relations, organizational development and leadership, are assets. These will help me to maintain the existing partnerships, connect with the authorities and stakeholders in the communities and have a coherent and coordinated action plan that we can present, implement and evaluate easily.
Friends’ welcoming homes, a mountain in the neighborhood where I live and, as I discovered recently, farming, are excellent places of rest, retreat, relaxation, renewal. They help me release the overflow of joy or frustration that comes with our service. I also appreciate the mentors that accompany me on this journey. These are patient and understanding people who offer their love, time, wisdom, experience and other resources, to see me accomplish my dreams; they are family members, friends, professional guide and I particularly enjoy this friend whose role is to help me stay accountable by asking me tough questions.It is easy when she asks “have you been eating well and exercising, are you on track with your commitments?”. And she really helps me when she asks “have you had time with your family, how have you treated your colleagues, which distraction have you allowed to discourage you or sidetrack you from your focus?” Also, I have experienced World Pulse as a significant resource.
The security situation in the country has brought challenges but also opportunities, and our modus operandi has been described by stakeholders and authorities as contextually appropriate, which is opening more doors. We look forward to serving better.