Rising above Rape and Abuse

Selma Ndi
Posted August 2, 2018 from Cameroon
Elodine
Strong Girl

She had heard about me, so she decided to call.

That was the first time I heard her voice. I didn't know this was going to be the beginning of the most transforming experience of my life. Her name was Elodine.

Her story.

Elodine is the only girl in a family of 4. Her dad, as I will come to know is a carpenter. The mother has been a patient for the longest time possible. This means all the little earnings her dad made, went to purchase drugs for the mother's upkeep. None of her other siblings are working yet, hence the whole family depends on the little cash dad gets.

I decided to meet Elodine because  unlike other people who always want financial help from me, she just wanted to meet me so I can mentor her. She is so passionate about life, loves school and wants to make something of herself despite all these family challenges. 

Fast Forward to 3months. We met up somewhere in the village where she grew up, and after a brief chat, I head back to town. We keep in touch.

Then the worst happened, Her mum's situation aggravates and she has to stay in the hospital for over 3months, The whole village has to be evacuated because the military has taken over, shooting and killing everyone that stays back. Elodine is forced to drop out of school, abandon her poor mom at the hospital and move to town to try to make some money for her mothers hospital bills.

Now she lives with her young aunt. Every night, she is sexually abused by her aunts boyfriend. When she tried to tell her aunt about it, her aunt threatened to kick her out of the house.

We have decided to empower Elo. She will be going back to school this academic year. She will also learn basic computer skills. She will become the best journalist in Cameroon. She intends to speak out about what she has been through. She wants to encourage the next girl, never to compromise but stay focused on her dreams in life.

This is just one of our girls, 'Wulwi Initiative' is changing lives, one girl at a time.

 

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Jill Langhus
Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

Hi Selma,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) So glad that you are joining us here! It was nice to "meet" you virtually last week, too:-)

Thanks for sharing Elodine's powerful empowerment story. I'm so glad that you are helping her to have a better future.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about how she is doing and also more about your passion and the "Wulwi Initiative." Do you have a website and/or social media page(s) so that we can like/follow them?

Hope you're having a great day!

Selma Ndi
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

Thank you so much. Elodine is doing great. I will be meeting with her next week Tuesday.

Wulwi initiative has a website in progress. Am personally building it so it is still sketchy.

ww.wulwiinitiative.org

Selma Ndi
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

www.wulwiinitiative.org

Jill Langhus
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018

You're very welcome:-) Great to hear that Elodine is doing well.

The site looks like it's coming along well to me:)

Hope you're having a great day!?

J Brenda Lanyero
Mar 06
Mar 06

Hi Selma,
Thank you for sharing Elodine's story.

Lisbeth
Mar 17
Mar 17

Its a sad story but thanks for sharing it with courage.

James Ouma
May 10
May 10

Hello Selma,

I am glad that you are able to help Elodine become the best she can ever be. Thanks a lot for being there for her and keep us posted about her progress.

James Ouma
Clarity Coach

Nusrat Ara
Jun 11
Jun 11

You are a saviour. I hope and pray Elo is finally out of the clutches of the abuser

Raquel Daniel
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing your story!