Raison d'etre

sharon multani
Posted September 21, 2014 from United Kingdom

Well we have come a long way since my first attempt to sew a resuable sanitary towel. Thanks to the encouragement of Olutosin Adebowale, a wonderful worldpulse sister, who eagerly accepted my offer of some towels for my beautiful sisters in Ibasa. When I saw the photo of my new friends holding letters which spelled, We love you Sharon, my life changed.

Worldpulse helps many women worldwide at grass roots level, but on this occasion it opened a new door for a middle aged Muslim woman in UK. Chronic clinical depression has been part of my life for 24 years but I am very strong inside and have, by the grace of God/Allah, pushed forward in various endeavours. However, it does sap at one's confidence.

I was so inspired by the work Olutosin is doing to improve the lives of women in Nigeria I felt compelled to help and began a fund raising project - An Auction of Promises. I worked endlessly and in March a wonderful night took place here in Worcester, bringing together people from all different walks of life.

And so, having gained a little confidence, I have now sent pads to India, Nigeria, Rwanda, different locations in Uganda and I am just completing my latest box for Malawi. Along the way I have received contunual support from other Worldpulse sisters, both emotional, and more recently, assistance towards costs of materials and postage for my project.

In two weeks I am attending a meeting in my city to try to set up a Woman's enterprise to encourage other women who, for one reason or another, need the encouragement I received from Olutosin.

So you see, Worldpulse changes lives in many different ways, it has given me a raison d'etre and I will be for ever thankful.

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Ashley Turner
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 22, 2014

Wow! I'm so pleased that your involvement in the World Pulse community has inspired you to action. Many people think but less act. I commend you on your work! I'm interested in knowing more about these reusable sanitary towels. Do you have a link to what they look like and the details of the products sustainability? I'm also happy to hear that you are gaining confidence and purpose through this work. Doing what we can to contribute to our fellow global sisters is so rewarding. I'm glad to know that your involvement is helping you as much as you are helping!

Best. Ashley

Olutosin
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

You did not write about the land we bought through the auction of promise you organized in the UK. You do not understand the power of land for women in Africa, You BOUGHT A PLOT OF LAND FOR US AT AGBARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU ROCK ANGEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

Then the reusable pad, I pushed you to make them and now we are making so many and we are improving on them and Now, I have named mine Tosin's rewashable pads, I have sent some to Kenya, also to some States in Nigeria and now, I have packaged my pads to be sent to blind girls in India through the Jyothigomaya's project in Kerala, and the next batch it going to Zimbabwe. Eh, MY Pads are free for girls too.

We have the power, we have the strength and we are using them to change the world!!!!!!!!!

Thank God for the connector; internet and World Pulse.

We will change the world for the better.

Just watch.

I love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Mukut
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

Beautiful story! An inspiration to so many, including me.

Do share more.

Love,

sharon multani
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

Your kind comments are a great encouragement, thank you once again.

Yvette Warren
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

Hello, Sharon. It is wonderful when we can turn our own depression into action for others.

Thank you for sharing your story.

sharon multani
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

Once again Yvette, your encouragement so greatly appreciated.

JOY Eze
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 27, 2014

Thanks for shearing.

Osai
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 28, 2014

Thanks Sharon for sharing about your experience and the collaboration that sisters such as Olutosin are making possible. You both are an inspiration. Keep it up and keep telling your stories.

Best wishes, Osai

sharon multani
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

Thank you Osai for your kind works of encouraging. Just what I need to keep me going.

Kindest regards

Sharon

BENEDICTE
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

thank you for sharing your story it inspiring me thanks

sharon multani
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

I am so glad you enjoyed my little write up, your words are a great encouragement. Kindest regards.

Sharon Multani

sharon multani
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

Thank you Benedicte for your lovely words of encouragement.

Regards

Sharon

Lee Anne Barham
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

I'm truly awestruck by your story of how you received inspiration from one of our global sisters and then moved on in such a way to become an inspiration yourself! Your story is heart warming and gives me so much hope for the future of our planet! I send you my very best wishes and hope for continued well being!

sharon multani
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

I am so encouraged that you found my simple story meaningful. Thank you.

Regards

Sharon Multani

BENEDICTE
Oct 07, 2014
Oct 07, 2014

ooh sharon comme je ne cesse de t'encourager! vraiment c'est tres aimable de ta part d'aider les femmes de cette façon et je te prierai de l'étendre aussi ici chez nous en afrique specialement en République Democratique du Congo car nous sommes obligées d'utiliser des morçeaux d'étoffes qu'il faut par la suite laver: vous voyez comment c'est pénible! et surtout que les femmes n'ont pas de boulot donc pas d'argent pour se payer des bandes hygieniques.aidez nous svp

sharon multani
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014

Merci pour ton message. Je voudrais 'aider les femmes la bas, donner moi les details, l'adresse svp

Ashley Turner
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014

Hello Sharon,

I'd like to connect you with another member whose work with International Menstruation will likely interest you: http://worldpulse.com/node/94522#comment-130340. Her most recent post details her work in fighting the stigma of menstruation and empowering women and men to embrace it. I think you will enjoy the post.

Best, Ashley

sharon multani
Oct 25, 2014
Oct 25, 2014

Hi Ashley

Thank you for your kind information. I have been working with Urmila for a while now. Yesterday I sent her a 2nd box of FEMpads which she will distribute to rural villages in India. She took them to Uganda when she gave training there too. I love the way you picked our connection up.

Kindest regards

Sharon

Yvette Warren
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 26, 2015

Hello, Sharon.

I am serving as an ambassador to the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 

The purpose of this event is to create harmony, not necessarily agreement, among the spiritual voices on our shared earth.

I would very much like to bring the harmony of World Pulse voices with me. I am planning a One Billion Rising event http://www.onebillionrising.org/ in conjunction with the Women's Initiative on the fisrt day of the parliament. Please look at the attached links and let me know if you'd like to add your voice.

http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/

Continue being a blessing in our shared universe.