A woman's words and waste another Woman's wealth.

Edith Ijeh
Posted July 24, 2018 from Nigeria
Your Words and waste a woman's wealth.
Woman at Ajegunle on queue to take their package

When i was first introduced to world pluse by a sister, for days i was filled with regrets on why i didn't know about such a platform lifting women 15 years ago, questions filled my heart ie: were they Really existing?. Each time i close my eyes the vedio of what i would have done better if i or a woman in that community knew all i know today just keeps playing down in my head with clear remembrance of the hard times and painful lack of basic life amenities most families in the community i grew up faced.

To some of us life was unfair but in same community lived people we were several times better than, so picture how bad it was. Opposite ojo Barracks in Lagos Nigeria was a place most people didn't want to be associated with, anyone or anything from this environment assumed bad as Gang fighting, robbery, teenage pregnancy, prostitution, rape, extreme poverty etc... was a part of the life.

One common thing amoung the people here was the fact that women had losts of children resulting from less information on effective family planing, while some couldn't afford it, i am a survivor of five children among the 10 children my mother had (story for another day).

My father did all he could to make us different and the only way he knew was education that came with so much discipline that i sometimes i heated him so much, thank God it paid off. I was the only privileged child to get a secondary education in a private school of which he paid from his nose and left the home penniless at all time.

On econimic develpment i am not an expect but i strongly believe in the love we shear here, based on this i will say World plus sisters has the power to change the status of women which will in return impact largely into the world economy because if you empower a woman you empower a generation.

How do we that:

its just by sending out our garbage/unused stuffs in our garages, stores and back yards, to women who truly need it to feel wealthy, with video from us telling them together we can change the world expressing how passionate we are and how we made the most of our situations, with this i believe they will be motivated with the mind set that a sister somewhere cares enough to shear her not use and experience which will automatically turn treasures and wealth to them. 

Truth be told women in rural communities can only afford after much struggle to buy used cloths, shoes, kitchen materials, chairs, frig, educational materials, Toys even underwears etc... Which by right shouldn't be sold as they were donated materials with visible tags but problem is that it has passed true the wrong chanel's towards those who need it.

If you have not used it for 6 mouths give out to those who will use it daily and treasure it or make a video to show you care about women.

 In 2015 i started giving out all my used items while spending Christmas with people in very Rural communities, the joy on their faces and how quickly they changed into custums, shoes, cloths,head scarf's in all excitement while eating drinking and dancing to music will amaze and bring you tears. 

My dream is to structure and have a monthly travel with my team (giving Mums) to bless people living under hard conditions associated with lack. Dearest Sisters lets together use our waste and stories to put smiles on the faces of women and children who will be forever grateful and treasure that which we no longer use. 

I remember how Women scavenge for earrings, chains and possible plastic slippers at the Maracans refuse dump site at Ojo back then, i remember how poverty and lack of information made women use foam as sanitary towels. 

Today only about 10 out of 40 women i could remember are still alive, poverty brings pains and woman like you and i reading this can help turn our waste to wealth for others. 

Your waste and words is a woman's wealth.

#wealthofwomen 

 

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Corine Milano
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Edith, thank you for this story. You have such wisdom to share and I appreciate that you've come to World Pulse to pass it on to others. I am very interested in hearing more from you - keep speaking out and sharing your voice! I can tell you have a lot of stories to tell, and by speaking them - so much can happen! <3

Edith Ijeh
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Thank you so much dear one. So much to shear and tell

Ann Forsthoefel
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Dear Sister Edith,

You put a smile on my face with your vision! You are a treasure to all of us.

Bless you!
Ann

Edith Ijeh
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Bless you too. Thanks for your words, i know together woman can change the world

Sharon Makunura
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Hi Edith. I think this is very insightful. Go for it!

Edith Ijeh
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Validation inspires me. Thanks Sharon

jlanghus
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Hi lovely Edith,

Thanks for sharing your story and vision. Too bad other countries such as the U.S. and Spain couldn't easily ship their used items to more needy areas of the world. There is so much waste. You should see what I see in the dumpsters here. A lot of people still don't see the reason for recycling, it seems. They just want to live in the moment. It's very hard to watch, especially knowing that we could be helping the planet and other, more needy people so easily. But when you can easily go to $1 stores in the U.S. or Chinese bazaar stores here in Spain where everything is super cheap rather than repurposing items, what's the point in trying to salvage things. I recently saw a post saying that electronic items are quickly becoming the biggest problem for trash. I have no doubt this is the case. Everyone that can absolutely wants the latest and greatest gadget. Meanwhile where do the old, outdated versions go:-(

Please keep us posted on your vision. I would love to see your progress and stories along the way.

Please be sure to post your story under the current story award link, to ensure your submission will be considered for the story award: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/node/add/post?editorial_prompt=85951

Good luck, and have a great day!

Edith Ijeh
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Thanks sister Jill. Yes you are so correct on the difficulty in sending them to Africa, but when its for donations i guess its treated deferently. On recycling sisters in Nigeria are working hard to educate people living in rural environments on waste management and pollution. Thanks for you kind words i also look forward to a successful submission. Although i thought that i already did, Thanks for the link sent, i have just submitted

jlanghus
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

You're welcome:-) Is it? I didn't know that.

That's great about education in rural areas. I love that.

Hmm. In regard to your submission... it still isn't showing up on this page:
https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/85951

Are you still getting an error? You can private message me and we can figure it out. Otherwise, I just need to let them know that you're unable to submit.

Edith Ijeh
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

I submitted again, following the link you sent.

jlanghus
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Okay. Good luck:-)

Olubee
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Dear Edith,
You are doing a great work, may God bless you.Its is a miracle seen someone sacrifice so much for humanity.There are so much waste everywhere not knowing that someone somewhere need it.I am willing to give what i have , you are not alone on these journey, lets keep in touch,keep doing good there sis.

Edith Ijeh
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Thanks Olubee am proud of your decision to lift sister's. Together we can bring that change we dream of. Thanks

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Hi dear Edith
It is good you are part of world pulse. It is never too late and now you are going to shine with your vision. Thank you for sharing.
Stay blessed

Edith Ijeh
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Thanks for your encouragement dear sister... Shine on

Princesse MUHINDO Malembero
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

Chère Édith,
Félicitation pour ton courage d'avoir ramener le sourire sur le visage de certaine dame et les ramener à survivre à travers votre initiative. Juste de cœur avec toi et que nos vision aille de l'avant. Merci d'avoir partager votre histoire

Edith Ijeh
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

merci beaucoup ma chère soeur. ensemble, nous pouvons faire le monde un meilleur place..

Vivian Emesowum
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018

What an awesome story, thanks for sharing

Edith Ijeh
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Thanks for your kind words sister

ARREY - ECHI
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Dear Edith,
Thank you for your story.
Poverty is not a good friend for anyone especially women.
Thank you for speaking out and keep going.
Glad you are here to where your voice gets amplified and your wisdom and efforts appreciated.
One love,
Arrey

Edith Ijeh
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Thanks Sister Echi we cant help but dream big. Am grateful

Jane Frances Mufua
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Edith,

Thanks for putting a smile on the faces of the people in your community. Your story will inspire others. Apart from the smiles, your action is also environmentally and will go along way to protect our planet.

Edith Ijeh
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Very true. Thank you also my sister for the encourageing words

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Dear Edith,

Your story brings us to a very important subject: How do we better share what we have with people who have less. You raise the important problem too of donations sent that don't get to people. And you describe what you are now doing regularly, having such a good effect on many. I hope that as a global community we can, through shared ideas and connections with each other do much better in sharing what we have. As Jill mentioned, so much goes to waste in countries like hers and mine. Maybe through WorldPulse we can figure out ways to share more.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Edith Ijeh
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Thanks Sister Tam, am really happy with your response and i look forward to your contribution towards a better sister hood.

Anne Dupont
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018

Edith—what a powerful reminder of what we have and what we can pass onto to others! Many of us have things we do not use and do not take the time to give to others, who may indeed consider it a “treasure”. Thank you for this great reminder and for the wonderful work you are doing in the world! You are making a difference in so many women’s lives.

Edith Ijeh
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Thanks Sister Anne. You are so right about what we can shear instead of waste. I hope to do more as time goes on, together we can make it happen

Tarke Edith
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018

Hello Edith
You are welcome to this great plaform of womem who are children from one mother with this great inciative of yours .sharing you waste wwith the poor ,sister l really apreciate your elfort keep up we are together thanks

Edith Ijeh
Jul 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Thank you Sister Edith my name sake. Yes we are together Sis

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Hello, Edith,

I love how you emphatically wrote "When you empower a woman, you empower a generation".

You are changing the course of your generation by stepping up to your purpose and advocating for turning waste into wealth.

In the Philippines, we received bulks of used clothes from generous countries but as soon as they arrive in our shores, local businessmen buy sacks of clothes and resell these in a cheaper price. Ironic how it all came from kind-hearted people who willingly gave these stuff for free, but middlemen and businessmen are selling it to the poor.

Thank you for sharing!

Edith Ijeh
Aug 01, 2018
Aug 01, 2018

Thanks sister kareen. Your thoughts are Exact but most times i think the government do not do proper follow up or they are involved. Kind hearted people should locate and send things to the right sources to avoid this predators

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 01, 2018
Aug 01, 2018

True. :)

uduakedet
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Weldone Edith. You are doing a great job. I also reach out to women in a barracks with used clothes and toys so I know what you mean. Keep being yourself and dont stop winning

Edith Ijeh
Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

Thanks Sis Uduak pls keep up the good work

obioma nwachukwu
Aug 24, 2018
Aug 24, 2018

Edith, nice to hear that some one like you is out there doing a great job on those set of women. It worth commending. Cheers!
Obioma

Edith Ijeh
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Thanks sis Obioma God bless

Sinyuy Geraldine
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Hi Edith, I live in Cameroon and luckily I travel from time to time through Nigeria and I know what it means to be poor. There are as many poor communities with very little to live on as you can also find in Nigeria. Yes, at one time in Nigeria I wished I had brought all my kids undersized dresses for those who had nothing to put on. Yes, your ideas are good and I wish to know how your team works so I can apply the same here. But I believe that we can also give new ones, because those people too deserve new ones. Keep on.

Edith Ijeh
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

Yes new once too will sure be involved. I am gradually raising a team of women and I will be excited to have you on board also

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