Reflections on the Empowerment model

Marie-Claire Kuja
Posted March 3, 2016 from United States

The empowerment class with sis Busayo turned out to be one of those things you wish could last for a whole day or two and even more. Empowerment especially women and girls empowerment is at the core of my work. It pulls my hearts strings whenever a woman or girl testifies that something I said or did has empowered them to change their lives.It gives my life meaning and fulfillment. However, that was not how my life started.

The class was mind-blowing and soul searching but one of my most favourite part was the interaction between Busayo and Afy .I had goosebumps as that reminded of the kind of society we live in.Society is always very quick to place False Labels on people like ; you are too short,you are to tall, you don't have what it takes or you are not good enough. The lack of self believe must have been instilled in Afy weigh back in her childhood which she unfortunately believed.Just like Afy,many people have heeded to these false labels and have either ended on the sidelines of life or have taken their lives. The truth is that all of us have a disability of some sort.Or is there a perfect human being around you? But the good news is that even with all our disabilities and imperfections, we all have unique assignments in the form of our gifts and talents. The world thus awaits that gift that only you have come to deliver.

Reason why it is our individual responsibility to dig deeper and deeper into our gold mines and bring forth all what we have been blessed with and use it for the greater good of human kind regardless of what people think or say about us. I was labeled so badly when I was a teenager and made to believe that because I was an unwed teenage mother I will never amount to anything.

But empowered and triggered by the power of education,support from my family and my personal determination to right my wrongs,I know back many years later and realize that people can talk. But its left for us to define ourselves and not be afraid to bring our own brand of beauty in the world.

Am so thankful for this space and golden opportunity to connect and share with sisters from around the world freely without shame or the fear of being rediculed or laughed at.

Thank you World Pulse especially the training team that helps us every week to have our lessons successfully.

Thanks to Busayo for all. The lives of many women and girls myself included will never be the same again. And much love to all of you sisters from around the world. Yours truly Kuja.

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Stephanie Auxier
Mar 10, 2016
Mar 10, 2016

Kuja,

I agree, I could have listened to Busayo all night as well! I was lucky to be part of both calls and that still didn't seem like enough!

Afy story was powerful for me as well, and even more powerful was Busayo's message: you are already doing what you think you can't do. It was such a great reminder that most of the limitations we think we have are actually just limits we are putting on ourselves, and may not truly be limits at all. But we do have the power to reshape how we see ourselves! 

I love your line "But its left for us to define ourselves and not be afraid to bring our own brand of beauty in the world." From what I saw on that call and since, we are definitely creating an amazing "brand of beauty" together through VOF. 

Hugs,

Stephanie 

Marie-Claire Kuja
Mar 11, 2016
Mar 11, 2016

Hello Stephanie. I really thank you for stopping by.Your comment is brilliant and so nice to read through. And yes no matter what society throws at us, it is our choice to beat the odds and create our own paths or spend the rest of our lives whinning and complain. Thanks again and immensely too. Kuja.

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 11, 2016
Mar 11, 2016

Too many take home lessons from the empowerment model. We are all perfect in our imperfections despite what society choose to label us with.

Marie-Claire Kuja
Mar 11, 2016
Mar 11, 2016

Absolutely Arrey. In all our imperfections there are so many great potentials. The challenge is to learn how to magnify those potentials and not our problems. How are you dear? Hope you're waxing strong. Stay bless and thank you so much. Kuja.

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 12, 2016
Mar 12, 2016

Am doing great, thank you. Hope you are too. You are right we need to capitalise on our potentials.

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Mar 13, 2016
Mar 13, 2016

Kuja, I HEAR YOU.  Thank you for those reflections, and may your empowerment work continue to take you on new paths.  - Sarah

Carolyn Seaman
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 18, 2016

Dear Kuja,

I totally agree with you that Busayo's class was an enriching and rewarding session.

I had my personal moments where the class reached to the address personal issues I was dealing with and I am so thankful for this wonderful experience learning, sharing and empowering.

Once again, thank you for sharing your reflections on the empowerment model session.

Best wishes,

Marie-Claire Kuja
Mar 20, 2016
Mar 20, 2016

Hey Carol.

As usual I thank you for stopping by.Its a beautiful time to be alive sharing this space with you.

Am glad we all had some take-homes from Busayo's class.Now we have the responsibilty to be the torch bearers and pass it on.I know you are well there and doing it big .Bravo on all your strides.

With much love.

Kuja