MY UNTOLD STORY OF IMPORTANCE OF THE POWER OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND HOW IT MADE AN IMPACT ON MY JOB AS A CIVILSERVANT EVEN UPTODATE

TERESA
Posted June 10, 2020 from Kenya
TERESA VISITING ONE OF THE ELDERLIES IN THE SLUM AND PROVIDING FOOD IN PACKETS DURING THIS COVID 19 PANDEMIC. I MANAGED TO VISIT 10 ELDERLY IN ONE DAY. I BORROWED FOOD, OUR YOUTH WELL WISHERS FROM MY COMMUNITY MANAGED TO CONTRIBUTE AND PROVIDED FOOD. IF IT WERE NOT FOR DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY ,THE PHOTO YOU SEE COULD NOT BE SEEN AND SINCE 2009 (11 YRS) I HAVE BEEN A VOCAL STORY TELLER IN WORLD PULSE

My real life experience of Digital Technology made my life change for better while I was in the Government as a Civil Servant It was in 1989 when our Department Head approached our Boss and informed some of the Staff who were willing to be Trained on how to enter Data and make a DataBase on all Rivers, Dams and water Catchments in Kenya. The SIDA project attached to the Ministry is the one which was offering this opportunity to the Ministry Staff in 1989. 

I agreed to be trained, I thought in doing so I would look for employment in a greener Pastures in banks or private sector.

The room was known us Computer room whereby "BACKUP" was done every morning  we had to wait for one hour to complete the BACK UP. in order to start work. The Computers were using 'WORD PERFECT'. Day by day I enjoyed typing and I became an expert. I was keying in the names of Kenyan Rivers, those applying for Water Permits for Irrigatiion, Dams, Water Catchment Areas for my Department . 

It was in 1993, when a United Nation (UN) Project from Netherlands was seconded to our Ministry. The Director in my Department was requested to look for a Secretary who was conversant in Computer Word perfect. I was recommended. 

I could not believe, I was introduced to the Project Manager from Netherlands. The project was known as WRAP (Water Resources Assessment Project) I was given my personal Computer and I was assigned duties. i.e. Typing Project Proposals from WEST POKOT the most primitive part of our Country Kenya. There were so many Vehicles from United Nations {UN} seconded to that Project.   The Drivers used to drive me home at times i worked late in the evening. In the morning they used to drive me to the Office. The Project Manager used to allocate money to me to buy milk for the Department Staff. The Project Drivers loved  me because i used to give them Tea. So every Morning they used to rush to my house, they would come in turns 3 of the drivers so they used to drive  my children to school. The one who would come last is the one who drove me to the Office. 

When there was a United Nations Meeting with the Project Manager and the Ministry of Water Officials, I prepared everything Snacks Tea etc. The Project Manager congratulated me for work well done after the Meeting.  The Ministry had no Computers for their Secretaries they used Old Manual Typewriters which made a lot of noise even the Director did not have one. So he used to come to my Office when the PS gave him an assignment for Typing. I used to type for him, especially the Ministers Speech I used to type with desired FONTS and use A5 paper. The Director and other bosses loved my work. I informed them since their work were sensitive everyone to have a floppy disk to save and when they come for typing they bring the Floppy.

In 1996 there was a WATER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP all the EAST AFRICAN COUNTRIES were invited it was sponsored by WORLD BANK and it was held in one of the best "posh" hotels in Kenya in fact i heard it was known as Millionaires place.  So when the Directors, Assistant Secretaries met to decide the Secretary who will handle their Proposals during the Meeting they proposed my name. I joined other WORLD BANK staff So I enjoyed being in a millionaires place for 6 days and with other Directors from East Africa. They would give us their floppy disk to rectify their proposals after the Workshop.

In short there were other Workshops i attended in big town Hotels in Kenya due to Importance of Digital Technology. Later,

 

My Boss Project Manager from Netherlands asked me to organize Training Venue for the Secretaries in our Ministry. I organized an Institution whereby the NETHERLANDS EMBASSY trained the Secretaries and after the Training they were supplied with Personal Computers and Printers.

The Project Contract ended in 1996. 

I joined World Pulse in 2009, many years back. I have participated in so many story telling, I have been awarded a Vocal Leader in my Community. The Digital Technology made me welcome dine with the Founder of World Pulse Madam Jensine the first time she visited Kenya.. I did not need to introduce myself/ name because she used to see my photo on World Pulse Message on line. It was a great priveledge.  The power of Technology also made me attend a Global FORUM -GIF WORKSHOP held at UNEP. World Pulse Officials sent me an Email directing me to one of the Organizers at UNEP. I  printed the Email and I went with it to the GIF WORKSHOP.  I found the lady when I gave her the Email. after she read the Email she was happy. introduced me to the other participants. I enjoyed the Workshop for days met other Participants from WORLDWIDE. if it were not for the  prove the POWER OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY. i did not know there was such a WORKSHOP in my Country KENYA 

In 2014 I shared a story  to World Pulse"s WOMEN WEAVE THE WEB CAMPAIGN. Madam Le LaTour congratulated me when I trained Young Women 15-25yrs on DIGITALEMPOWEREMENT TRAINING in order to create learning  experience use of Technology as a tool for Socio Economic. I also assisted Madam Jessica Foumena to do a Research sturdy on African Women and World Pulse.

In my Community am a VolunteerComm Health Work. During this Covid 19 am targeting the most vulnerable in my Community working in conjuction with the District/County Social Development Office. So, when i Target the Older Persons,Disabled those with Chronic Illness I target them they give me their Identity Nos.  their Mobile Nos. Registered with Mpesa.  Every Tuesday the Government sends them money for their basic needs. The Importance of Digital Tech. Am training the Community in Hand Washing as a Volunteer in Community Health Work (CHV). In a USAID program with Hope World Wide am one of the CHVs I report 52 Households every Month those girls from 12 yrs those who need Sanitary Towels, the Youth 17yrs who need Vocational Traing, the HIV + parents and their children, refer for medication, Nutrition Support Groups. etc.  When i need them I call them on phone thus Importance of Digital Technology.

So when #ShetransformsTech - will be working together campaign to deliver our insights to the UN global global Policymakers.

 

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Hello, sister Teresa,

How are you? Welcome back to World Pulse! What a journey you have been in the digital world. It is such a joy to know how through tech you found World Pulse and you participated in training. Now, you are transforming your community through your acts of love. Thank you for sharing!

Audrey Bake
Jun 10
Jun 10

Teresa how are doing.
Your story is that one that improves the minds that think it has ended. Thanks so much for this story. It really means a lot to me.

TERESA
Jun 11
Jun 11

Hi Madam Audrey,

Thanks so much for your comment. I appreciate I hope it will improve the minds of my other sisters in World Pulse Community too. see you online. GOD bless u.

TERESA
Jun 11
Jun 11

Hi Madam Karen,
I appreciate so much your comment. Am fine Thanks so much you are most welcome. I love my Volunteer job and I love serving people in my Community Slums.
Once again thanks GOD bless u. Amen

You're welcome, dear sister. Please write about your experiences as a volunteer and stories from the Community Slums. We would love to read more about you!

Thank you! God bless you, too!

leila Kigha
Jun 11
Jun 11

Thank You sister Teresa for sharing your powerful testimony!
Your passion for tech can be seen and greater still, you are using it to empower others! keep up sister

TERESA
Jun 12
Jun 12

Hi Sister Leila,
Thanks so much for your comment. My passion for Tech the World have seen it over the years so, I request those Organizations Act and do the necessary.
Thanks.

prakriti sapkota
Jun 12
Jun 12

Hello mam!
Thanku for sharing your story..igot to learn a lot from you. Hoping to read from u more.
Prakriti

TERESA
Jun 16
Jun 16

Hi Prakriti,
Hi lovely lady, Thanks so much for your comment!!!
GOD bless u. Amen
Teresa

hello Teresa, thank you for sharing your journey. its amazing to see where you started and where you are now. the impacts you have created is amazing. i see that in your write up, you wrote the names of all those that were part of your journey,thats a sign of acknowledgement and gratitude. Thank you so much for sharing.

Blessed

TERESA
Jun 16
Jun 16

Hello Lovely Jap,
I tell you, it has been a life of meeting so many different Communities on-line
I appreciate so much.

TERESA

Chi8629
Jun 12
Jun 12

Hello Beautiful Sister,.
Welcome and thank you for sharing .We love and value you . Please stay safe and warm.

TERESA
Jun 16
Jun 16

Hi lovely Sister Chioma,
I appreciate so much your comment. Am doing well.
Stay safe and warm too.
TERESA

Chi8629
Jun 12
Jun 12

Thank you for sharing Sister,
We love you so much and I hope you are doing well ? Please stay safe and warm.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 13
Jun 13

Dear Teresa,
I loved reading your story, finding out so much more about you. I loved that care for your work and caring for others closely to heart has opened chapters and adventures, brought you to World Pulse and into such critical community work. It is so inspiring to read about your journey and a celebration to know what you are doing these days. One of the early members who has been the backbone, showing what is possible. Thank you for telling your story!

TERESA
Jun 16
Jun 16

Dear Sister Tamarack,
I am so glad you read my story. I appreciate so much your comment.
I hope this time round my story about my will not only be read and commented. IMy poor Community will be considered.

TERESA -VOLUNTEER IN COMMUNITY HEALTH/COMMUNITY SOCIAL WORK

Kika Katchunga
Jun 15
Jun 15

Hello Teresa,
excellent ,thank you for sharing with us; I love hearing how technology has changed your work. proud of you

TERESA
Jun 16
Jun 16

Hello nice Kika,
Thanks for your comment .

TERESA

Madhuri Deshkar
Jun 15
Jun 15

Nice story dear sister

TERESA
Jun 16
Jun 16

Hello Madhuri,
I appreciate your comment.
Teresa

TERESA
Jun 25
Jun 25

Hi Madam Madhuri,
I appreciate so much.

Teresa

Carol Preston
Jun 15
Jun 15

Dear Teresa. What a journey you have been on! Thank you for sharing with us. I send you love

TERESA
Jun 16
Jun 16

Hello Sister Carol,
Thanks for sending me love, I send you love too.
See you online my lovely sister,

TERESA

Busayo Obisakin
Jun 16
Jun 16

Dear Theresa
It is wonderful having you back in World Pulse. Thank you for the good work you are doing in your community and for sharing your powerful story with us.
Love
Busayo

baganda
Jun 19
Jun 19

thinkyou for sharing i love you

Olanike Adesanya
Jun 23
Jun 23

Wow!
Worthy efforts and sacrifice

TERESA
Jun 25
Jun 25

Hi Olanike,

Thanks so much my sister.
Teresa

Justyneema
Jun 24
Jun 24

Quelle femme incroyable, avec un parcours aussi incroyable!!
merci de partager avec nous votre histoire tellement émouvante et inspirante chère soeur!

TERESA
Jun 25
Jun 25

Thanks so much beautiful lady for having time to comment on My untold story.
Teresa

UCHE LIN
Jun 24
Jun 24

Wow! Your story really motivated and inspires me. What a digital world! You"re indeed a blessing to your country and the world at large. More power to your elbow sis. You're indeed a change maker and innovator! Keep soaring.

TERESA
Jun 25
Jun 25

Hi Uche Lin,
I appreciate so much your motivating comment. It has motivated me.

Teresa

Ibrahim S Bangura
Jul 10
Jul 10

Your story is intriguing and a motivational one too. Life is all about giving someone a try or people giving themselves a try. Well done!

TERESA
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Ibrahim,
Thanks so much. I appreciate your comment. Life is too short, if all of us start doing his/her part in assisting the poor in our Community Worldwide. The World would be a nice place to live in. Teresa

Kadidia Doumbia
Aug 23
Aug 23

Hello Teresa,

Congratulations on great achievements!
Keep the good work, women have to lead.