HERE I AM NOW...

esther atosha
Posted July 29, 2020 from Democratic Republic of the Congo
recognised as SBS coach
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My name is Esther

I didn’t have a grace of being born into a famous and rich family, but got a grace of having a family that raised me in ways that can allow me to be a great woman in the world. After my secondary studies, my dear parents enrolled me in one of the best high-schools in Bukavu. Our secondary school had students to whom the majority came from well-known families in Bukavu / DRC. I had a harsh experience that triggered the Esther that I am. I remember my first geography lesson in first year. Our geography teacher used to end his lesson by mentioning some names of my colleague’s parents. He always expected to have a class made up of rich family’s students. One day gave a test; everyone had to go pick his/her paper in front. At my turn, the teacher called my name and asked me this question: - «are you dean's granddaughter  (my grandfather)?”. I replied by saying yes. The teacher with a sorry and sad face, said to me: "I know your family, from your grandfather to your parents, they are smart but unfortunately teachers like us". For those who know the Democratic Republic of Congo know that the work of teaching in Congo is among the most neglected and poorly paid professions. Since my geography teacher found out about my social class, he became very hard on me, he considered me less than others, and he used my name to illustrate his negative examples. I lived through this bad for 6 long years. In the last year of my secondary studies, he became our teacher for 2 courses:  geography and marketable products course. I was not smart in these two classes not because I was not intelligent but because I didn't like my teacher's behavior towards me, I was traumatized. In June 2015, we had a final exam of geography. I did not score good grades. A Saturday evening our geography teacher comes to give the results. When it was my turn , the teacher stopped and looked me straight in the eye. And said to me: «Esther Atosha, I pity you. Instead of focusing on your education to see if you can change your family history, you are scoring bad grades. I'm afraid that you end up like your family, or even worse than them ".all my classmates laughed at me I felt a great anger in me, I screamed, "nooooooooo it won't happen. I will be a leader, the world will talk about me one day" with a rude attitude, the teacher said to me: "shut up young girl, without being a prophet, I see you in 5 years having 8 children working in Joelle's shop (Joelle was my classmate. She came from 'a very rich family from BUKAVU). And if you're a strong woman, remind me later in 5 years " The teacher punished me for bad behavior in class. I executed the punishment by telling myself inside that I must succeed, , I must change my family history, I must lead , I must inspire generations. When I got back home I wrote in my little diary, the future I wanted for myself, for my family and for Congo. I fought; I was constantly looking for opportunities. Sometimes I failed, I cried but I did not give up. I rose and continue my journey.

Here I am today; July 29, 2020, five years after my geography teacher's words. I want to remind my teacher and the whole world of what i become. Dear teacher! I don't have 8 children as you predicted. Rather, I have a very big family of girls and women who are impacted by my leadership and entrepreneurship program. Dear teacher, I don't work in Joelle’s shop as you predicted: instead, I work for my community: - I am the coach of Street business School in DRC -I am a young woman for peace and leadership in DRC - I am a girl ambassador of world pulse in  DRC -and to crown my story, I won my world pulse change maker badge yesterday. Dear teacher, I promise you that in 5 other years it you who is going remind me who I am. Because my name is Esther, which means a STAR. The role of stars is to shine. Playing desperate has never been part of stars' game. Being part of world pulse is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Reading posts women around the world encouraged me never to give up. The love and the support of my World Pulse sisters serve me as a weapon against discouragements. I was often told that nothing good will come out of me; it’s no longer the same since I joined world pulse community.

my eyes are full of tears when I see boys and girls older than me who come to me and tell me :"ESTHER you inspire me a lot", my eyes are fool of tears when I see fathers and mothers who tell me :" I wish to have daughter like you Esther"  .see I AM NOW A LEADER !

I would like to encourage a woman especially and anyone who reads this post; and lives in a society that stuck her/him. Never define yourself by negative opinions around you. The fact of breathing in and breathing out proves that you have something beautiful inside that you have to offer the world. Never let obstacles kill the queen / king in you. Wake up, dress up, show up and never give up.

MY NAME IS ESTHER #lettheadventurebigins # let’sgooo

#One day my stoy will inspire some

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Chi8629
Jul 30
Jul 30

Thank you for sharing Sister.

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

thank for taking your time to read sister

Dawn Arteaga
Jul 30
Jul 30

Yes Esther!! You are a star! I am celebrating you today!!

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

thank you dear!

Nini Mappo
Jul 30
Jul 30

Hello Esther,
Well done for persevering at school under such harsh treatment by your teacher because of something outside your control. And well done for rising like a star to shine until your light has consumed the drakness of the trauma that he caused you.
In fact you have shone so bright that your light has blinded him, because if he looked at you now, he wouldn't see the woman he predicted you would become.
You are winner.
Keep shining!

In sisterhood,
Nini

Keep shining

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

yess indeed!
thank you so much dear Nini

ANJ ANA
Jul 30
Jul 30

Dear Esther,
Thankyou for sharing your story. Definately you are rising STAR. Being a leader is not a easy work, do continue and follow your dream. Keep rocking and inspiring my dear sister.
love and hugs, anjana

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

dear Anjana ,
thank you so much for these encouragement words.
i will keep it up dear.

Woohoo! We celebrate you, Esther! There's no stopping you now. The World Pulse Community is standing behind you.

Yes, you are the rising star of DRC. Your country will remember your name. Tell your story as many times as possible.

Congratulations on your new badge!

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

yeeeees! i willdear
heartly touched by your comments dear Karen!
thank you soo much

Manasa Ram Raj
Jul 30
Jul 30

Dear Esther,

I felt your anger as you wrote about your experience with your teacher, and I felt your joy and pride as you stand today proving your teacher wrong!

You are a STAR and you shine so bright!! The whole community is standing with you and I know in my heart you journey will inspire many young girls from DRC to stand up for what they truly believe in. Thank you <3

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

awwwwwww!
thank you so much dear Manasa!
stay safe !

Sanjali
Jul 30
Jul 30

Dear Esthar "The Star"

Your story & You are truly inspiring. Cheers & love

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

thank you so much dear sinjali!
much love to you

Vanora.Lee
Jul 31
Jul 31

Your story really reminds me: "HE prepare a table before you in presence of your enemies. He anonit your head with oil; your cup overflows". So great you broke it through from your anger and bitterness, you are so courageous and really a STAR shining to others! For this, I priase the Lord! Keep shining!

esther atosha
Aug 03
Aug 03

my favorite psalms _:)psalms 23 .
AMEN dear.
sending love to you!

ARREY- ECHI
Aug 03
Aug 03

Dear Esther,
What an inspiring story of hope, courage and resilience! I admire your grit to rise against the negativity of your teacher, to believe in yourself and to be the leader impacting lives today that you are! Keep soaring.
Congratulations for earning that well deserved World Pulse badge. It is sad to see a teacher measure a student's worth from her background.

"I would like to encourage a woman especially and anyone who reads this post; and lives in a society that stuck her/him. Never define yourself by negative opinions around you. The fact of breathing in and breathing out proves that you have something beautiful inside that you have to offer the world. Never let obstacles kill the queen / king in you. Wake up, dress up, show up and never give up." I say Amen to these words.
In Sisterhood,

mugoli
Aug 04
Aug 04

c'est une histoire touchante mais aussi très intéressante chère Esther

Kirthi Jayakumar
Aug 06
Aug 06

HERE YOU ARE INDEED, Esther! Thank you for sharing your story! More power to you!

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 07
Aug 07

Dear Esther,
Just reading about your journey is an inspiration to know what power there is when we trust in ourselves, when we find and work together with like-hearted others, and when we see what is possible by inspiring women and girls to believe in themselves. What a journey you have been on! Soar on dear sister!

Neema Namadamu
Aug 07
Aug 07

Dear Esther, very proud of you. Great, compelling, inspiring article. You are a leader just by what you present to the world as Esther Atosha! To lead is to serve. You can't serve if you don't have something to give. Continue to lead by serving your Congolese sisters to reach their potential, whether as informed voices in their families and communities, or as savvy entrepreneurs in the business world. We are on a collaborative journey, "creating the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible." We need each other and the gifts and potentialities that each one has been purposed to offer. Thank you for putting the precious currency of yourself into circulation. It is increasing the value of all that is around you.

With Regard,

Neema

Kike
Aug 07
Aug 07

Wow, this was a beautiful read. Thanks for your courage and strength, for not giving up. I've heard it said that our training often does not look like the destiny we want for ourselves, but it sure prepares us for it. Your story is already an inspiration. Go shatter those glass ceilings Esther<3

Mariama Kallon
yesterday
yesterday

Thanks very much Darling Esther for sharing,i filled encouraged and inspired by your story because I have experienced the same.
You will push more than this in the other years.