My " One-Woman-at a Time" initiative Creates Impact

florence kekong
Posted March 28, 2018 from Nigeria

I have every reason to thank God Almighty for the wonderful vision that he gave to me. To begin my "Empowerment Walk" round the impoverished communities of Cross River State, Nigeria, in search of the poorest and most vulnerable women, girls and children. The aim is to interact with them, share stories, experiences, resources and work with them, give them real sense of belonging and offer them psycho social support that gives them hope in life and restore their dignity.

On my first walk, I found many women, girls and children in dare need of care and support. But I am picking one woman at a time and not leaving her the way I found her. That was how I began the journey with a poor widow at Esekwe Irruan (Madam Martina Eja), with the powerful support of my lovely sister, Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale.

I cannot do the much for all of them alone, even as I am not waiting for other people to join me. I wrote the story on World Pulse, posted on Facebook and when some of my friends read it, they picked interest. A newspaper publisher, Mr. James Ebri called me to say, he would want the story published on the Median newspaper, where I once worked as Woman Editor. I gave him the piece, just as it is published on the World Pulse. He said to me, "Madam, I really like what you are doing. This is how people should demonstrate willingness to help people in need." And so, the story was published and the public is reading us (World Pulse), offline. Commendable start, I believe.

A primary school teacher called me from Ogoja, some 30 kilometers from Madam Martina's village to tell me that a retired Judge who was in Calabar saw the publication and decided to buy some copies to offer to Madam Martina Eja. Wao!!!! Great. I feel so good that people are demonstrating that my idea isn't a bad one all, after all.

This tremendous support has energized me. I am leaving for the village tomorrow. I hear that Madam Martina has sold all the locust beans we gave to her.

Esekwe in Boki local government area of Criss River State where I begun my Empowerment Walk is about 270km but I will not allow the long distance that takes up to 6 hours to get there be an obstacle on my way. I am going there, taking copies of the newspaper publication to the village. This will ignite interest in the service to humanity.

Oh! Another sad thing is that I would be out of network as soon as I arrive the village, but not to worry, things will definitely get better with time.

On the publication, I captured my sister, Olutosin, doing what she knows best; TTTTT (Tosin Turns Trash To Treasure)- her art work is used to support women get a better life.

See you all, dear sisters, when I come again with powerful stories from the mouth of women, themselves.

Love you all.

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florence kekong
Mar 28, 2018
Mar 28, 2018

So sorry. Typographical error: I meant to write; " the world is reading us" and not " leading ", please.

Alyssa Tolva
Mar 28, 2018
Mar 28, 2018

What an amazing journey you have chosen for yourself! You've given a voice to Madam Martina as you will do for the future women that you support. I am interested to see if there are ways to help provide the beans to more women along your path that your sisters may help you with!!

Jill Langhus
Mar 29, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

Hi Florence. Thanks for an update on your work. That's awesome that your work and walk was published.... good job! So, are you looking for mentors for these girls and women, or mostly financial resources?

Bim Adegbite
Mar 29, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

Dear Florence,

There is so much power in sharing our stories and taking steps no matter how small. So proud of your work and wish you all the very best as you "walk" Cross River , lifting up women, one life at a time.

Adila Kokab
Mar 30, 2018
Mar 30, 2018

Nice to see your story. Keep it up..
Much love and prayers for you.

Valéria Barbosa
Mar 30, 2018
Mar 30, 2018

Dear sister Florenca, I am very happy with your work. It is very important to look at a person and devote their history. May God continue to inspire you. Congratulations.

florence kekong
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Dear Valeria, thanks for your prayers. God bless you richly.

florence kekong
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Dear Valeria, thanks for your prayers. God bless you richly.

sujata gopal
Apr 01, 2018
Apr 01, 2018

Hi Florence. Awesome initiative. You are doing great work of seeking out poorest of poor women, children and providing support of all kinds.
Keep up the good work. So proud of you.
Sending you Love

florence kekong
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Thank you, Sujata. I feel so good seeing that I am encouraged by you and numerous sisters. Love you dear.

florence kekong
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Thank you, Sujata. I feel so good seeing that I am encouraged by you and numerous sisters. Love you dear.

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Apr 01, 2018
Apr 01, 2018

Weldone sister florence,you are doing a great work,keep impacting

florence kekong
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Thank you, my dearest sister, Nnenna. God bless you for being with me and other sisters.

Sabdio Roba
Apr 03, 2018
Apr 03, 2018

Dear Florence,
thank you for starting a very interesting/life changing journey. we are glad that your story got published in the local newspaper. That will give opportunity for local people to appreciate your work and get involved. Its only the rich who benefit from politicians support,so if we get people like you who reach out to one woman at a time the world will be a better place.
All the best as you cross rivers
Sabdio

florence kekong
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Oui, Sarah, you are right. We won't allow politicians to frustrate and let the helpless dwindle into oblivion. As I took my second journey to the impoverished Esekwe community, I got more women involved. We shared skills on how to process the beans. We had so much fun. Laughing together. Thank you for your encouragement.

florence kekong
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Oui, Sarah, you are right. We won't allow politicians to frustrate and let the helpless dwindle into oblivion. As I took my second journey to the impoverished Esekwe community, I got more women involved. We shared skills on how to process the beans. We had so much fun. Laughing together. Thank you for your encouragement.

chimdirimebere
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

Dear Florence,
Yes one step at a time! Lovely story you've shared with us. If we keep waiting when we'll solve all the problems of women at once, we may never get there. One woman at a time - you are right.
God bless you and your work.

Chimdirimebere Harriet Okoro

florence kekong
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018

Thank you, Chidirimebere. I am glad that we all reason alike. God will help is, amen.

Obisakin Busayo
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 10, 2018

Well done my sister for the wonderful work you are doing!
Love
Busayo

florence kekong
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018

Thank you my Darling Sister. I get the push from your works also. May God bless you also. Amen.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 18, 2018
Apr 18, 2018

well done my dear sister Florence,
God is surely blessings the works of your hands and you are being recognized. Stay blessed and keep us posted on your amazing journey.
Stay Blessed

florence kekong
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018

Thank you, Anita. The journey is sure going to be a success with the tremendous push I am getting from good sisters like you. May God reward your good heart also. Amen

soul on fire
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Dear Florence
Thank you so much for sharing your AWESOME story
STAY BLESSED, KEEP GOING
STAY AWESOME

florence kekong
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018

Amen. Stay awesome also, my dear sister. I wish you more of God's BM Lessing's also. Amen.

sati_2
Jun 14, 2018
Jun 14, 2018

Hi Florence

What a wonderful and powerful story, a lesson for us all, even if we help one person, that person can help a whole village.

Looking forward to reading more stories.

florence kekong
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018

True words, dear Sati. I am more encouraged. May God bless you, amen.

bridggyella
Jul 09, 2018
Jul 09, 2018

Hello Florence,
You are doing great supporting women. Your inspire me. keep the good work

florence kekong
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018

I appreciate your kind words Bridggyella my dear sister. May God bless you too, amen.

Ifeyinwa Ezeagu
Mar 08
Mar 08

Dear Florence,
I sincerely commend the good job you're doing.
Empowerment is one great way to support vulnerable women.
You're doing awesomely well.
Keep it up!
Ifeyinwa.

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