RESULTS AND IMPACT WIPED MY TEARS AND GAVE ME THE COURAGE TO TELL MY STORY MORE

Hellen Kimanzi
Posted August 17, 2018 from Kenya

I remember how  I  used to cry 5 years ago whenever someone asked me why I work with widows and not any other group of people. The story behind my work was and still remains very painful. I could break down., yes! but  guess what? this is why I  am a very strong woman today. I actually smile with boldness whenever I am presenting my work. I never went to a school to learn how to be confident when telling my story. All i did was to get into doing the real work and the results plus the impact became my teacher. Seeing a widow smile, feed her children, sleep in a decent house is my all time motivation. 

I am here today to encourage that girl/woman thinking of starting an organization and is scared of telling her story because perhaps it is very painful. it is okay to break down in the middle of your presentation, It is okay not to finish telling your story because tears cannot allow you do it. Keep trying and more so doing the real work. the results will amaze you, they will wipe your tears, will give you that boldness. 

I started working with widows when i was 18 years old, a first year university student. This is after my two older sisters lost their husbands in the same year. their suffering weakened me. I met other widows in the same situation as my sisters and this broke me down more.I remember going for an interview with  Akili Dada foundation, I could  not finish my story, I cried through out the whole interview, I left their office knowing I had terribly failed the interview because I was not strong enough to explain my work. Surprisingly, I was chosen among the many applicants from East Africa and that gave me hope. I knew someone had understood my tears. 

Through out the one year fellowship, I met very amazing ladies doing amazing work, I met women like Immaculate Amoit who have forever remained sisters and mentors, I look up to to Immaculate with so much adoration and admiration. she also introduced me to world pulse where I have met wonderful women across the world doing equally amazing work to improve our communities. 

My simple message today is: JUST DO IT, RESULTS AND IMPACT WILL BE YOUR MOTIVATION.We never have a control  over  what happens in our communities But we have can help however small in our own capacities, LET US JUST DO IT.

 

WITH LOTS OF LOVE FROM KENYA,

HELLEN KIMANZI

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Harris Namutebi
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Thanks Hellen,
Every step, every contribution, however small it may seem positively changes lives.

Hellen Kimanzi
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Very true Harris, thank u too for being an amazing sister

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Dear Hellen,

Your beautiful story here is so important for many reasons. I love that you encourage us all to speak out even if we break down in tears, because our stories warrant those tears. The knowledge we carry is that heartbreaking. You are so encouraging of others to keep going despite fears of imperfection, and to remember that staying real is more important. I am touched too that early on you have decided to focus on the societal treatment of widows. The blatant disrespect for widows is tied to the societal insistence that every woman should be within a marriage, and that her life as an independent woman (through choice or circumstance) should be made miserable. Work such as yours is helping create a shift toward equality and the right of women to exist independently and respected. How wonderful that you have found Immaculate and now all of us here in WorldPulse!

In sisterhood,
Tam

Hellen Kimanzi
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Thank you so much Tam for your encouragement. You are a wonderful sister. God bless as we gear towards making our societies better

Jill Langhus
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Hi Hellen,

Thanks for sharing your beautifully encouraging story with us. I think you were chosen for the fellowship because you were real and authentic. It must have been obvious that you really stood up for what you believed in and that you would make a difference because of it.

That's great that you met Immaculate through the fellowship as well, and that you learned about WP through her:-)

I also love your empowering message as well. May it inspire many to go after their dreams and make as much impact for girls and women as possible.

Have a great day!

sarah_2
Aug 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Great story Hellen!
You have said it all.COURAGE and nothing more.No matter the tears or breakdowns, we must keep pushing/speaking out until we all achieve our goals.
All thanks to Immaculate for introducing you to WP.
*Hugs,
Sarah

Beth Lacey
Feb 24
Feb 24

Wise advice

Juliet Acom
Mar 05
Mar 05

Hi Hellen,

Thanks for sharing your work and passion with us; but most of all for standing in the gap for vulnerable women.
I wish you all the best in this work.