Let Girls Learn

Sabdio Roba
Posted September 30, 2019 from Kenya

For the past few weeks I have just been sitting and thinking a lot, call it meditation maybe. I have been thinking of my whole life and can’t help but shed tears of joy and sometimes pride. I never thought I have been this strong, resilient, confident, outgoing and so much of a hard nut to crack. On 2nd of August 2019 I stood before hundreds of young African leaders at a summit in Washington to share my story/journey to girls’ empowerment. It was such a powerful compelling story, full of punches and information. A story that was so inspiring to the audience, it was like a hidden treasure.  My journey was full of  ups and downs but I am just that village girl who dared to dream and conquer the world.

Based on what I learnt from experience and what most girls are currently going through I started an initiative of mentoring girls and advocating for their wellbeing. This led to an award this year by US department of State for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). I got the opportunity to study in the US for two months under Mandela Washington Fellowship. This was my first time abroad. My journey from the village was long, I had hours travel to the capital of Kenya before taking my Flight to Atlanta through Amsterdam. It was my first time on an international flight which started with America, so you can Imagine all the confusions!  I got lost everywhere in the airport and kept on misplacing every document, the village girl started her jet lag even before landing! I had multiple opportunities for social engagement, excellent networking with great individuals who have dedicated themselves to service to humanity and intentional program that has had me question, reanalyze and develop my community projects.

Despite tough upbringing, I am where I am because of education, I am here because a disabled father despite his abject poverty gave me the opportunity to learn and because someone believed in me enough to provide the necessary resources and support in my studies.

Today millions of girls are out of school, most of them adolescent mothers. Some divorced and others widowed. This girls go through a whole lot of things. This day let us stand by a vulnerable girl, advocate, make policies and enroll as many girls as possible in school. Let us give girls opportunity to learn.We all know what an educated girl is to herself, community and the whole nation. Let every girl receive equal and quality education.

On this international day of girl child, I would like every girl to know the importance of defining her own path, sharing her powerful stories and daring to dream. That with hard work and resilience it will be achievement after another. I would love to let that girl know that it is okay to be vulnerable, it is okay to lack and its okay to struggle every moment of your life. But all this come with so much strength, power, unique abilities and so much passion for change/desire to stand up for what is right.

On this day I would like to request every single person, change makers and developmental agencies to remember every girl all over the world, know and speak out about the impact that girls can have on their communities once empowered. I would like us all to remember that girl walking miles to school, bare foot and hungry just to be part of a better world. Remember that girl who is missing out on classes due to lack of basic needs like sanitary materials, girls who can no longer bear that shame of soiling their clothes some resolving to committing suicide. Remember that girl who is going through the worst kind of human rights violation called the female genital mutilation and remember that young girl is who struggling to raise up a child while she is herself a teenager whose dream to learn was shattered by early marriage. Let girls learn, let girls dream and let them grow.

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Anita Shrestha
Sep 30
Sep 30

Dear Sabdio
Thank you for writing . keep it continue in future too.You are also active

Sabdio Roba
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you dear Anita, I will surely continue

Tarke Edith
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hi Daddio
Wao wao!!!! what a wonderful story.indeed sis you have impressed me. You are a great, strong , and wonderful woman.you have said it all . you have educate us on this our platform to work hard in our own little Conners to help the girls child.
Thank you immenslly for sharing this with us.
Have a great day sis.

Sabdio Roba
Oct 08
Oct 08

Dear Tarke
thank you for the encouraging comment, I am happy to have inspired you and thank you for inspiring us too. continue helping girls.
have a great day sis

maeann
Sep 30
Sep 30

Helo dear Sabdio,
Thank you for sending your hope and reminding all of us that girls can do something great once empowered.

I like what you believe and I quote "Let girl learn, dream and grow"

Sabdio Roba
Oct 08
Oct 08

Hi dear Maeann,
thank you for reading and the wonderful comment. Yes girls can do great once inspired. lets keep them going.

Hello, Sabdio,

You got me smiling all throughout your post. I'm so proud of you!!! Congratulations for being awarded on the Young African Leaders Initiative and a two-month study of Mandela Washington Fellowship! Amazing!

I love your message especially this, "On this international day of girl child, I would like every girl to know the importance of defining her own path, sharing her powerful stories and daring to dream. That with hard work and resilience it will be achievement after another. I would love to let that girl know that it is okay to be vulnerable, it is okay to lack and its okay to struggle every moment of your life. But all this come with so much strength, power, unique abilities and so much passion for change/desire to stand up for what is right."

I hope every girl in the world can read this. Thank you for inspiring us with your story. Please keep on writing more of your activities and update here so we can continually celebrate with you!

Sabdio Roba
Oct 08
Oct 08

Hi dear Karen,
hope you are doing wonderful as always. Thank you so much for reading and for the encouraging comment. It is my hope that every girl gets inspired and live to bring out the best.
love
Sabdio

Hello, dear Sabdio,

All is well with me. I hope it is with you, too. :) You're welcome, dear sister. Please keep up the great work!
Hugs, dear. Hope you have a great day!

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hello Dear Sabdio,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks so much for sharing your empowering and wise story, as well as your update on your trip. What an amazing journey you're on, and what a noble cause you working on, too! I love what you're doing empowering all the rural girls that you do. Please keep up your great work, lovely:-) We are here to support and encourage you all the way!!

XX

Sabdio Roba
Oct 08
Oct 08

Hi dear Jill
am doing well dear, hope you are too. Thank you, and thank you for being part of this Journey. Lets keep up the great work and let us keep going.
love
sabdio

Jill Langhus
Oct 09
Oct 09

Hello there lovely:-)

Great to hear! Yes, I'm doing very well, thanks!

You're very welcome. It's a pleasure. Sounds like a solid plan:-)

XX

cbittok
Oct 03
Oct 03

this is an encouraging story. Keep sharing

Sabdio Roba
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you dear cbittok

Beth Lacey
Oct 04
Oct 04

Yes, girls must be given the opportunity to learn

Sabdio Roba
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you dear Beth

ANJ ANA
Oct 19
Oct 19

Dear Sandio,
It's so good to hear about your travel for the two months course, Congratulations sister, its all for your hardship and efforts for young girls. I wish you the very best for your productive travel. We would love to hear about your learnings and experience in the coming days.
best regards,
anjana

Shaista Langari
Oct 23
Oct 23

Loves from Afghanistan, keep it up

Dr Jacky
Nov 02
Nov 02

“It is okay to be vulnerable it is okay to struggle”!! Sabdio I’m in love with your story! It will seem we grew up with similar experiences. Thank u for sharing this compelling story of your life! Now I’m more eager to share my traveling experiences. This should happen before the end of this year. Thank u and keep shinning the light

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