On our 1st anniversary, I reminded myself I want to make a difference not make a living

Marie Abanga
Posted December 11, 2019 from Cameroon
The lovely cake made by our own field coordinator Ms O
I love the microphone I used above all lol (1/3)

Anniversaries for me are reflective moments.

I celebrate a milestone, the memories, the lessons and make some resolves, for example about what my flash line about my work is. I am talking specifically about my association Hope for the Abused and Battered which turned 1 year old on the 10th of December 2019. In one year, I marvel at how much my team and I have carried out. We deserved the party and the following was our anniversary message.

The first birthday of a child is usually celebrated with so much gratitude. We are doing the same for the 1st anniversary of our association Hope for the Abused and Battered (H4AB) founded by Barrister Marie Abanga. She has the following reflections on the journey to getting H4AB up and running to this milestone. In her own words: " It was a vision that came like the strike of lightening and I shuddered. I felt there were already many associations out there. But, the Lord kept urging me on and putting Angels on my path. The registration formalities lasted a month, and that is a feat. I spoke to and with people, many taught me lessons by their naysaying and criticism. On a personal scale, there was a lot to give up including my hopes for a committed relationship. But, because I believe in making a difference and not a living with this association, so I forge on. Team building wasn't easy, and it's still work in progress. I was practically alone for 8 months and got two people for a month who left for reasons best known to them. I am hoping the current team picks up the steam and make the most of their experiences with me - and with association. If I were to do it again, I will do it just the same because I am learning and loving it all the way. Getting a grant from the US Embassy at barely 9 months of existence and with no field projet experience to show, could only be as a result of my 3Ds of Determination Discipline and Dedication. That's what I have to reflect on and share with us all on this day - am full of gratitude to God and the angels on my path especially my current team". As busy people, we often forget to stop and celebrate the good stuff that happens everyday. Think of all the motivational memes you see on social media about self-belief and the importance of acknowledging your successes. Yet, it’s rare that we actually sit back and give ourselves that much deserved pat on the back. There is no doubt that running a CSO requires grit and determination. Statistically only a few survive beyond their 2nd year of community work. So, whilst this 1-year anniversary is a personal milestone for us at H4AB, we think it’s also a high-five for every single abused and battered survivors we've worked with. We are navigating the highs and lows of Civil Society Work together. With time comes wisdom We don’t for one minute claim to be an expert on all things community engagement, but we have learnt some useful pearls of wisdom along the way. Here are a few little gems that we will like to share…. Good humanitarian work is about good relationships. Worrying about it won’t get the job done. It takes a community to raise awareness and fight for a good cause– get a network you can count on. Taking a leap of faith and trying something different can lead to great things. To those of you that we’ve already worked with – thank you. And to those we have yet to work with – let’s stick with it, as great things might be just around the next corner! Kindly email us: hope@hope4abusedbattered.com visit our website www.hope4abusedbattered.com Call/whatsapp # +237672576011 Support us by mobile money - account name is Hope for the Abused and Battered. Thank you very much. #Thereishope #H4ABplusOne #Mentalhealthmatters #Weareinthistogether #H4AB

Let me share some pictures and the video for those who would loved watching it.

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Lisbeth
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019

Hi Marie,
Congratulations on the opening of your new office. Brave!
I wish all the best for future activity. May God used your office for a good course.
Maybe all the vulnerable in society refresh them in your office.
Have a great week ahead.
Hugs

Marie Abanga
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Dear Lizzy,

Thank you so so much. A loudest AMEN to your prayer for us
Light and love

Asaad Ali
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019

You did it sister, greatest different all the best .
Thank you .

Marie Abanga
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Dear Ali,

Thank you so much.

Asaad Ali
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Welcome my sister

Anita Shrestha
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Marie Abanga
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Dear Anita,

Thank you so much

Kadi_lokule
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

A leap of faith indeed. I admire your work and i wish you all the best. The sky isn't the limit, keep going my dear and great work.

Marie Abanga
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Dear Kadi,

Thank you so much.
Together we can do so much more for all of us hurray

Jill Langhus
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hello Dear Marie,

How are you doing, dear? Congrats again on your organization's one year anniversary. You've accomplished so much this last year. I hope you're proud of all that you've done? I think you are:-) It sounds like you have a great team in place, too! Thanks for sharing your photos and video, also!

Hope you're doing well and having a great Friday!

XX

Marie Abanga
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Dear Jill,

Thank you. Oh yes I am so so proud of myself. It takes a lot of the 3D dose to get here. It was frustrating in those first 9 months to be all alone, and now am still doing a lot even with the team in place. They will hopefully pick up eventually, I may just be a gentle 'perfectionist and workaholic' who knows lol

I am happy we had a celebration because a few years down the road am sure to look at this and chuckle.

Today is Sunday and am in the office catching up on WP, Emails and school hahahahaha

light and love

Jill Langhus
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

You're welcome! Yay:-)

Yeah, I know you are, dear. Yes, I hope so, too:-) Ha. Hmm....

Oh, dear. I hope you're taking breaks, hon?!

XX

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Hello, sis Marie,

What an achievement you have so far considering it is only your first anniversary! Wow! From all of us in World Pulse, HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY to you and your team! Hope you have more funding, networks, and changed lives in the years to come. Amen!

Marie Abanga
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

Dear Karen,

Thank you so much. A big AMEN I say to your wish for us o
Light and love

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

You're welcome, dear! Hoping for the best for the next decade!

Jap Mouki Christelle Alexandra
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Congratulations Marie. Happy first anniversary. So proud of you and your organisation. It can only be through passion and consistency. I hope to get the opportunity to volunteer in your organisation. Angels are always with you and God has paved the way already.

Blessed

Marie Abanga
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

Hello Jap,

Thank you so much. Yes, I do a lot in my life guided by my 3Ds of Determination Discipline and Dedication. I am so proud of myself, my team and all Angels on my path. My family has been a tremendous support system and lesson teacher too hurray.
Let's keep it going and who really knows right.
Light and love