Nominating Tamarack Verall

Nini Mappo
Posted January 3, 2021 from Kenya

"Do not let love and faithfulness leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them in the tablet of your heart”, is a proverb of King Solomon, a venerated king endowed with immense wisdom.

Sister Tam (https://www.worldpulse.com/user/21449/bio) embodies love and faithfulness in ways I cannot exhaust in this short write up. In the letter that she wrote to her country about funding grassroots women working to end inequality and GBV (https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/tam/posts/97652), sis Tam said she’d been championing the cause for women since the 1960s.

This is sis Tam’s Love and faithfulness long before World Pulse, spanning at least five decades, and still going strong. Her passion is still as fresh if not fresher than when she chose to be a champion of women's freedoms those many years ago. Such a steadfastness commends to us two beautiful, life-changing truths: You never retire from making impact, and, humility and open-mindedness can facilitate astounding relevance and impact across generations, cultures, and people groups on innumerable issues. Wow, sis Tam! 

I see Sis Tam's love for women, for liberation of womanhood, for truth, justice, freedoms, equity, peace and security in all its facets for women and girls. I see her faithfulness in pursuing these, caring, sharing, supporting grassroots initiatives, educating, encouraging, celebrating, and choosing to be present at a personal cost.

Even now, she has lovingly and faithfully spent a large amount of time with some World Pulse sisters, seeing their work, celebrating it, and telling us about it through the World Pulse Spirit Award nominations.

Love and faithfulness are fuel for her commitment and innovativeness. But as Solomon’s proverb charges us to not let them leave, they can be easily drowned out by apathy, personal agendas, despair, to name a few. To remain effective and keep knocking on doors in pursuit of the change we want to see, we must choose them every day, then guard them closely, and integrate them to our way of life.  I see sis Tam do just that—choosing love and faithfulness every day, to show up for women and our causes.

She also, always points all credits back to the collective effort of all the women creating change, of the great blessing World Pulse has been to women, of the team’s tireless creativity and innovation to manage the platform and promote the voices of women, and the beauty and power when women come together. It is not to belittle what she has done, but the choice to view its consummation as being in the collective effort of all her sisters and the systems that support them to build each other and change the world together.

For these reasons and more, I nominate sis Tam for the World Pulse spirit awards. Thank you sis Tam, for your love and faithfulness. I celebrate you in acknowledgement of all you have done and continue to do for womenkind.

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Spirit Awards.

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Tamarack Verrall
Jan 03
Jan 03

Oh Nini,
You have me in an almost meltdown with your words. You understand why I am so grateful to have found World Pulse and why I am so determined to tell every woman I meet about what we have here, together. The long road many women my age have been on to create change has been lonely at times, so often called extremists for speaking out, but you understand my joy that for the first time in the history - or, herstory of the world, we have found each other and are working together. I mention my half century and what I can glean of the largely hidden work of women in the centuries before me, to keep it known that we have been calling for an end to this violence for such a long time, and there is no time or reason for more delays and excuses, by ANY governments of this world. What a joy to be arm in arm with you now, dear sister.

Nini Mappo
Jan 09
Jan 09

Aww thank you so much mama Tam, for giving my words permission to embrace you, and affirm your exemplary contribution to this journey towards equality!
Arm in arm sounds beautiful!

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hello Dear Nini,

Thanks so much for your thoughtful, loving and apt nomination of our Dear Mama Tam:-) XX

Nini Mappo
Jan 09
Jan 09

Thank you, dear Jill, and for stopping by to read mama Tam's story! I'm always impressed by her humility :-)
Love, hugs and a dash of optimism (borrowed from the universe ;-)

Jill Langhus
Jan 09
Jan 09

You're very welcome, dear. Yes!

Hope you have a great weekend. XX

Thank you for nominating, dear Tam, Nini! Well-deserved!

Nini Mappo
Jan 09
Jan 09

Ahsante sana squash banana :)

Urmila Chanam
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dearest Nini Mappo,
In the beginning I want to thank you for reading all of my story submissions and leaving me an encouraging comment and reflections on the subject. It matters so much to me! Thanks once again for summarising the essence of what a woman can be for uplifting others in their journey of empowerment by way of describing our dear Tamarack. Sister Tamarack to me is a close and dear friend and I value her friendship equally to her contribution to women's identity and rights. I wish you both all the very best in your nomination.
Much love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam