My mistake is now my purpose!

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Posted August 15, 2017 from Jamaica

At fifteen years old I was very active and outgoing in school. I saw teen moms passing by each day with their child or children on their way home from the Women's Centre and never thought much about what they were experiencing.

Couple months later I too became an expected mother, a mistake I thought that was so horrible, that dying would be like a paradise. For nine months I struggled to believe that my life was not over and that I was not an outcast to society. My unborn child shared in my pain as the doctor said "the baby is in distress".

Today I am committed to assisting Jamaican teen mothers and their families through my N.G.O. Girls To Women Development Foundation. From my experiences, yes... not my mistake!!! Pushing through school to complete both secondary and tertiary education, I have helped teen mothers to realize their professional dreams and family life realities in a practical way.

I believe my experiences equipped me to help women in distress. To not just sympathize but to also beemphatic...and that is my biggest success in life!!

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Jill Langhus
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017

Hi Stacy-Ann! Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your sad story that has light at the end of the tunnel. It's so great that you are helping teen moms. Please let us know what your website and social media pages are so we can follow you.

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017

Hello and thank you for your warm words of comfort!

Jill Langhus
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017

You're very welcome:-) Do let us know if you have a website, Facebook or Twitter pages so that we can follow you:-)

IreneSamuel
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MA'AM

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017

Thank you!

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Aug 17, 2017
Aug 17, 2017

Hello Stacy-Ann

Great sharing and thanks for emphasizing on the point that every challenge, problem or mistake is a stepping stone, an opportunity or a life long learning experience. Please keep us posted on your activities so that we can give you our support as sisters on this community. 

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words!

Jessica Foumena
Aug 17, 2017
Aug 17, 2017

Hello Stacey

I think you made the right choice in learning from your past. Through your story, many teen mothers will find the strength to move on. It's not easy to be a young mother but it's not the end of the world either. As women, we should lean on be supportive to others first and foremost. Keep the great work! 

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017

Thank you!

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017

Thank you!

Florence Ngah
Aug 24, 2017
Aug 24, 2017

Hello Stacy, you impressed me so much by accepting the situation which now is your inspirator. Thank you for helping other teen mums because it is not easy to be one. As women we need one anothers support at all times to achieve our goals. Once more congratulations.

From Florence Ngah

leila Kigha
Aug 26, 2017
Aug 26, 2017

Amazing Stacy!

so touching your story but I love the happy end.

you made something beautiful of it. Many lives are being changed because you did not give up. Keep on keeping on sister and a warm welcome to world pulse!

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

Thank you so much! I hope my story can help you to rise above your challenges too!

Olutosin
Aug 28, 2017
Aug 28, 2017

This is beautiful.

congratulations to you. I love your spirit my darling sister.

Mba Madapeu
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 06, 2017

Hi starcy..u are right ,a mistake  is not a dead sentence but a lesson to be learn..it is  an opportunity  to try again...I too have made mistakes  and I am happy  of what I have become...mistakes  are good for  our growth...I am happy  each time i experience  one...

Urmila Chanam
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

Dear Stacy-Ann Gavin,

I am moved by your account on how we can shape other's lives by the things that we experienced and overcame and giving that much needed advice that only you can give. Truly inspired by your selfless love. Keep going.

Love and prayers,

Urmila Chanam

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

Thank you so much! I appreciate your words of kindness!

Sister Zeph
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

What I beautiful success my dear sister, I love your passion and your work which you do to make teenage mothers pursue their dreams 

Stacy-Ann Gavin
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 27, 2017

Thank you so much! I am moved by your kind words!