Introducing Myself

rhania bensafia
Posted December 5, 2015 from United States

I started with World Pulse last year. A friend of mine told me that I should volunteer as a translator{ French to English}. So I went for it. I knew it what for a good cause. I started by translated articles mostly from women's in Congo and I still do. About me I am a single mom . I have a beautiful son. I work two jobs to provide for my family. I feel very lucky that I am able to do that . Have a roof over my head and be able to take care of my son. I do not take anything for granted so I feel blessed.

So on my free time I like to do translation and also i like to tell story. Yes I forgot to mention that I went to school for film. I love documentaries. My first one was about the homeless in Portland. With my son we still help out. Over the summer I went back home . I was fortunate enough to go t o a refugee camps not to far from my parents home. I helped out with Urgence Calais a group of volunteer.

I was also able to get some video footage that I am assembling as we speaking to share their story.

I was very disturbed by what I saw and I just could not understand and still don't to this day. How is it that the French government The EU can sleep at night knowing that these peoples roughly 6000 now, and more all across europe sleep outside in tents, some of them don't have that luxury .In the Jungle{the name of the camps} they get one meal a day a shower if they are lucky and there is only 30 portable bathroom...

Luckily there are volunteer that are helping out on daily basis also Doctor without Borders . This is not enough but it is a start I guess. There not one day that go by where I don't think about the refugees. Some of them asked me to tell tell the French govermnent to open the border{they cannot cross the border, they are stuck in the Northern French border Calais. Late at night they try to jump on the train and crossed illegally because they dont have a choice} .Most of them are trying to get to England. There is two reason for this one because most of them speak English and also they feel more welcome . I think about them every day especially the women's and the children's. It is not safe place to be. I just don't understand why the French government does not see the urgency of the situation. How can we close our eyes and go home and pretend like it is OK for them to live this way.

Most of them spend years walking to get to France and once they get there they are treated worse than animals.Just the name say it all "the Jungle". Only animals live in the Jungle I decided to make a difference among a lot of others peoples there. I wish I could quit my job and spend the winter helping out. Because it seems to me that there will have to be in the "Jungle"this winter.It is a landfill.So it is imperative to utilize the site and build stable housing . May be with recycle material. I believe that some people already started. Also because it seems to me that it may be a longer stay for many of them, it is important to create structure for school so they can learn the language{french}.There are teachers volunteering their time already but we need more... It is so overwhelming so many thing need it.... I have faith. I believe that I can make a difference. I chose this group because I need help, ideas, anything that can help me to move forward in this mission.

I intend to go this winter for a couple weeks. I told my son that I had to go back home and help the refugees. At first like any child he express his disagreement but he understood.

I must be there to help. I just cannot sleep at night knowing that there such tremendous suffering . So I close my eyes and say to myself I know I cannot change the world but I can make a difference in my surrounding and today what matter to me is refugees in the Jungle. I know that I can brighten their day just like they have brighten mine. Just baby step .Every little thing count. My little voice inside of me is telling me to go for it.

Any feedback ideas is welcome.

Thank you

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Dec 14, 2015
Dec 14, 2015

Hello Rhania!

Your post is a beautifully-crafted piece. It reveals your great and humane personality withot failing to show how committed you are to championing both gender-balance and humanity causes. That is why you love to volunteer and I must tell you that volunteerism is the key to leadership, to dismantling gender inequalities and to combating climate change and other global challenges. It will be good to have many women and youths read from you so that they get inspired to work for humanity as you are doing, leaving none of your talents behind. More courage!

Nsah Mala


rhania bensafia
Dec 19, 2015
Dec 19, 2015


Thank you for your kind words and your support. I just know that this is what I am meant to do I just have to help as much as I can and as long as I live.

It is my mission in life. I think peace I live peace and I speak peace so world violence will cease. I believe we can all make a change and it start with the way we think and the way we act. I choose peace over violence. I choose love over hate. I choose Peace over war. I believe in Peace and I will continue to preach peace and act upon it .I will helping my brothers and sisters that are victims of hate crime,I believe in change injustice and victims of war around the world.

I believe in change I believe in world peace.

Rhania Bensafia

Dec 19, 2015
Dec 19, 2015
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