We survived 2020!

Neema Namadamu
Posted December 25, 2020 from Democratic Republic of the Congo
Distributing Blankets in Minembwe Displacement Camp

 It's now Christmas day; in one week, we will be in 2021. WOW, we survived this year. Was too much for everyone in the whole world, especially my community from South Kivu province in DRC. I was blessed by many of you to be able to provide the sani-pad Kits for the girls and young women, blankets, food, and clothes for women in the displacement camps of Minembwe and Mikenge (Itombwe sector in Mwenga territory in South Kivu province, DRC). So thankful that the universe offered me the opportunity to be with all the women and men i care about. I say sorry about all challenges they faced this year. We cried and laughed together and shared our memories as women from the Banyamulenge tribe. We survived the war, conflicts and COVID-19. Hunger is still a big challenge in our community because the only transportation to the remote area is by small charter airplane. 

I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in our World Pulse community. Today i shared my story with one young woman and she joined our community. We shared food with some friends and nieces who came to visit us.

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Tamarack Verrall
Dec 25, 2020
Dec 25, 2020

Dear Neema,
How good to hear from you and to see that some supplies have reached your community, including the women in displacement camps. You remain a steadfast leader of change and support and I am grateful that World Pulse makes it possible for us all to stay connected and with news. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you dear Sister.
Much love,
Tam

Neema Namadamu
Dec 28, 2020
Dec 28, 2020

Yes, world pulse is our big community for women. Thank you my dear sister!
Much love!

keza
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Was special day to be with you
Mom I appreciate . you told me a strong words and I'm sure that it will lead to a good result in our community.thank you

Neema Namadamu
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Yes, you are a strong young women and the world is lucky to have you!
You know when you come to WP, you will find women who will help you to be the woman you want to be in this time of crisis on the planet.
I wish you every success during your first year in WP.
You are welcome and I love you.
Neema

J Brenda Lanyero
Dec 28, 2020
Dec 28, 2020

Hello Neema.
Thank you for the good job you are doing. It will change the lives of these women positively not only today but even in the future.

Continue with the good work.

Sisterhood love and hugs.

Neema Namadamu
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Thank you dear Brenda. You are right; every thing we are doing is creating a new possibility. It is positive movement, forward movement into the future we are making for ourselves. We are inspired to love, to care, to help, to walk with, sit with, cry with, hug and discuss and resolve together.

Yes my dear sister, we walk this journey together.

Happy New year!

MUKABA ZAWADI
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Madame c'et génial d'avoir fait ce geste au camp de déplacés. Vous êtes vraiment un leader simple et qui a un bon cœur j’apprécie vos aides que Dieu continuer à augmente là où ca diminue. Vous m'avez déjà impressionner. Bonne fête de Noel et bonne année.

Nini Mappo
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello Neema,
It is wonderful to read your report on survival and provision amidst great challenges. I have been wondering if your community has remained safe since you shared your post on 'Mosquito Power', and it is a relief to read this story of hope and celebration. Good on you for being such a champion of truth, peace and security, and the physical needs of your community.
We continue to be thankful for what World Pulse enables us to be, and do.

Neema Namadamu
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Thank you for your concern dear Nini. They are surviving in the camps, but with malnutrition, with daily fear of rebels coming to kill them. It is barely surviving. One cannot live long in that condition. It is a slow death. But we are working for peace in the area, for national and international intervention to establish peace. If they can only return to their villages to rebuild their homes and cultivate their gardens, they will thrive once again. We look for that. We work for that. We will not stop until peace is realized. We are together. We are one. It is what we must do. We can't do anything else.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello, dear sister Neema,

Yes, we survived this year! That means we develop new muscles of strength, courage, resiliency, and determination! Kudos to you for all you do for your country, even COVID-19 cannot bring you down nor stop you. May your 2021 be full of love, joy, grace, peace, and abundance!

Neema Namadamu
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

You are right dear Karen, we are stronger, wiser, more determined, more focused, more compassionate, more unified, more hopeful, better equipped, with greater capacity, greater potential, more intentional, and more certain about realizing a future that was once considered unrealistic.

ESEZA MUKYALA
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello dear Neema,
Indeed this has been a hazardous year for the majority in the world but thank God it's coming to an end.
I wish you a prosperous New year.
Eseza Mukyala....... Lots of love!

Neema Namadamu
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Yes dear Eseza, this year is ending, but not our challenges and not our struggles. 2021 will have challenges and we will rise to meet those challenges head-on as well. We must. It is not for us only; it is for the future that we struggle; for a different future - one with every possibility; the future we know is possible for us all.

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Dear Neema,
I salute and applaud you for what you were able to accomplish in 2020.
Through your tireless efforts, you managed to provide food, clothing and sanitary pad kits to the young women and women in the displaced people's camps of South Kivu.
My prayer for you for 2021 is the following:
May you continue to be empowered and to be the voice of the voiceless people of South Kivu, may you continue to be the light bringing hope and laughter in the climate of hunger, sadness and uncertainty that characterizes your surroundings.
I wish you a more peaceful 2021. More power to you.

Neema Namadamu
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Thank you dear Kabahenda for such a wonderful prayer for our work.

May I add to your prayer that more voices of the voiceless be empowered to share their story of resilience, the hope that they have harbored even in the darkest of times, their unquenchable faith in the God of Love even amidst the most unconscionable acts. For Love is what is on display; Love that holds when all else has failed us, Love that sustains us when all other sustenance is gone, Love that encourages us from within when all the external is aloof and without compassion.

They have acquired eyes to see what is invisible, what is true, what is real and eternal and will never leave them, for in their poverty they have become Love's expression, Love's dance, Love's song. We need to hear their story that we might be inspired by what inspired them to trust as they trust, hope as they hope, and love out of an inexhaustible fountain welling up from within.

I went to bring them Love gifts from around the world, and in exchange they bestowed me with a tangible, palpable Love from seemingly beyond this world. And yet is wasn't from beyond, but from within. May we all come to know that Love and give it room to be the expression of our lives being lived.

And as this Love flows into us and through us, may it flow back to them in the form of peace in their land and unity among all the peoples, that the remainder of their mortal days may be spent abundantly enjoying their land, their families and their communities.

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Dec 31, 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Thank you Neema,

Your words are very powerful and uplifting. Lets continue to empower and encourage each us with the love that is the most positive force in the world. More power to you in 2021.

anita shrestha
Jan 02
Jan 02

Great work. Keep it continues

Ariane Assumani
Jan 14
Jan 14

Bonjour madame ce travail c'est un grand souvenir de la vie de population de Minembwe et Itombwe alors nous vous félicitons pour ce grand don. merci et bonne continuité de ce grand geste

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