From Inspiration to Implementation, Ibassa will be remebered in Douala O

Marie Abanga
Posted February 6, 2020 from Cameroon

I am so so so excited today, I don't know if sister Tosin knew when she gave me those 5 TTTT exercise books that she was inspiring me to start 3 projects for my association less than 2 weeks after I return to my city. 

I wrote about some core lessons I was taking away from that once in a life time trip to the Star of Hope Transformation Center in Lagos Nigeria here, but I didn't tell it all. Am someone who likes to say it loud after I have done it, believing in the adage that actions speak louder than words. Or at the least talk about it as you are on it (well it could be before but when you are so sure you will be getting on it hahahaha)

And when it comes to working with people who have been abused and battered like I once was, I want to do it from the heart and in a sustainable way. I for example don't like to be given fish all the time, I prefer to be given a canoe and and a net (well a shipping boat will be better hahaha)

So, I took it all in at Ibassa, seeing how noodles were shared to the girls at the transformation center after the day's on Saturday  (SWOT) activities and how that made a whole difference (the smiles on their faces , one of assurance of a next time we will sure come again); how food was packaged and given out to women so that entire families and maybe neighbours could be fed be it for a fortnight while they figured out what they could do to generate some income from whatever petty trade activity they were doing; how some mamas at the center took care of the animals in the barn and a chicken was sold off in my presence and mama was so happy (that is the sustainability am looking at); how the dung from the cows served as food for the chicks and manure for the farm; oh I soaked it all in and wrote down furiously on my phone.

So, when she gave me those exercise books on the day I was leaving, I told myself two years and you invite her to come look at what you did with those exercise books.  

Two of them I would love to keep for personal projects I don't yet know precisely, but I may still use them all up at our own center - we are not stopping running one from my home or our small cozy office because I have that firm conviction if I continue to work this hard Ibassa Nigeria fashion in all its glamour will be seen and remembered in Douala Cameroon.

And this to me is the power of sisterhood, one where the other is inspired to implement all they feel, see, say and do in their own corner of the planet. 

I would definitely always talk of Ibassa whenever the history of H4AB is brought up. When I wrote the poem Hopeless to Hopeful in 2017, I didn't know a year later it wouldn't only be about hope for myself, but for as many abused and battered as I can reach out to, or better still inspire many to do same.

And to know those three projects in detail and how you can support us, please watch the less than 4 mins video attached. the projects are all about hope; a hope fund, a hope food barn, and a hope shop.

Thank you Ibassa, thank you big sister of mine Olutosin Oladosu, thank you World Pulse

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maeann
Feb 06
Feb 06

Wowww this is amazing Marie :) with the red shoes with a Smile you will definitely gonna fly high with these projects :) Hope Fund! Hope Food Barn! Hope Shop! I so love the idea :)

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear MaeAnn,

Thank you. Once a flame is lit, you sometimes can't tell in which direction the sparks will go o. The flame from Ibassa has so warmed me up ideas and sparks are keeping my mind mulling. And so I decided to start with not one but 3 projects. I fear not.
In sisterhood
Marie

ARREY- ECHI
Feb 06
Feb 06

Amazing ideas there dear Marie. Ibassa has sure left it's footprints in the sands of time for the H4AB.

Thank you for sharing and thank you for the inspiration. Will be eager to see how the three HOPE fundamentals grow.

Keep soaring dear sis. You got this.

Hmm I like ya almost paye flag closs. Very well represented ;)

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hahaha dear sis,

Yes o Ibassa was near hypnotic. I am so happy and grateful for all the sense I received and the platform I have to implement o.
And yes for my almost pays flag, I only noticed that later and laughed how adding a yellow would have been so telling lol
In sisterhood o

Thanks for coming sister.
I am also following suit.
Thank you Aunty Toxin.
God bless you.

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Aiidee,

Thank you too for reading and wishing me well.
Please follow suit o
Love all the way

Jill Langhus
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hello Lovely Marie:-)

How are you doing, dear? Wow! You always have something new up your sleeve:-) Congrats and good luck on your three new projects, dear. I know they will all be successful because you're so dedicated and motivated. I'm interested to hear more about your personal, fashion project, too. You know I love to talk about fashion. You could collaborate with sister Irene Nguti, perhaps? https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/inguti/posts/93828

Hope you're doing well, and that you have a great weekend!

XX

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi dear Jill,

The flame that was lit in Ibassa is sending sparks from my head in several directions o. Thanks for the encouragement.
I would check her out
Looking forward to a great weekend especially as I see my mum whom i haven't seen in 3 weeks o

Jill Langhus
Feb 08
Feb 08

Oh, I see.... wow! Very cool.

You're welcome:-) Let me know what you have in mind. I'm very curious.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Beth Lacey
Feb 07
Feb 07

I am so happy to read tis. Congratulations to you, Marie. Much love to you and Tosin

Marie Abanga
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Beth,
Thank you very much
Loads of love too all the way

Hawwah
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Marie,
So glad to hear about your pleasant trip to Nigeria and Ibassa.
Yes, Oluwatosin is an incredible inspiration. I am certain you took away more than just those exercise books.
I hope next time you visit Nigeria will be more pleasant, and we get to meet.
Keep soaring.
In love and sisterhood,
Hawwah.

Marie Abanga
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Hawwah,

Thank you. Oh sure I took so so much from the trip. Next time for sure I would love to meet more WP Sisters o
Let's keep up our endeavours
Marie

Anita Shrestha
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear Sis
So amazing and wonderful work,please keep it continue

Marie Abanga
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Anita, thank you very much,
I sure will keep doing my best o

laison sylvie
Feb 08
Feb 08

Weh, sister Marie, I do not know how long I will hug you the day I will ever see you. I am super Inspired by your works, though I follow you very quietly. I salute your courage mam.

Marie Abanga
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Sylvie,

One day we will meet for sure. Keep being inspired and motivated o. Thank you for the moral support.

laison sylvie
Feb 09
Feb 09

Looking forward to that day. Thank you sister Marie

lizzymark
Feb 08
Feb 08

When its on and about world pulse,thanks can jut go on and on. It connects you with the right people and resources to work with. Great dear hope you grow bigger and give more hope,wish you success on the Project.

Marie Abanga
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Lizzy,

Thank you very much. The community here on WP and offline when we do meet, is simply amazing.

Hello, Unstoppable Marie,

You certainly are that woman who holds the net while in a canoe! How amazing what a visit in Ibasa paved a way for you, new projects, more women to help! Congrats, dear! You are indeed full of HOPE!

Marie Abanga
Feb 09
Feb 09

Dear Karen,
Thank you very much. Indeed it was a visit full of great things to come for the sisterhood. I am so HOPEFUL

You're welcome, dear. Thank you for sharing your lessons with us. We are grateful to you, too. Yes, hope keeps us going!