Profile of a woman

Vivian Emesowum
Posted November 25, 2010 from Nigeria

Dear Friends,

I have been able to write the draft of my interview. Please kindly give your wonderful feedback, i will appreciate to have your comments. Thank you

It was indeed a rainy day; children within her community were playing naked with protruded stomach. They were cold and shivering after the rain and no one was there to take care of them. Their mothers have gone out in search of daily bread to feed the family. She felt touched for these children and their mother and thought that if the mothers were well educated to empower themselves they will give a better service to their children. She was afraid that these children may die of starvation and will not make their dream in future. She was convinced that if only she could identify their mothers and empower them with vocational skills, there will certainly be a difference in their livelihood.

Angelista A. Esenwa, Project Director of Utmost Caring World and an Educationist came to terms that poverty and ignorance are the major causes of hardship that women, children and young people were going through within her community and country. ‘I have passion for the vulnerable group - women, girls and children. It gives me an inner drive to leave them better than I met them by improving their health, economic and social status’ She founded utmost caring world in 2006 with the intention of giving the utmost care to the world and that was the origin and basis of the organizational origin and name.

What makes her unique is the passion and desire of reaching out to women in hard to reach communities. These communities are hard to reach because you have to go by boat on water or some type of tough roads. They are off the plan of most development or government project with few educated ones living among them. She has empowered women within these communities through educative and vocational skills programs like catering, computer skills, hairdressing, tailoring, hat and bead making. She also trains them on Reproductive health and human rights issues, personal hygiene and other related health program.

For her, maternal and child mortality is as a result of ignorance and poverty. She dedicated her life to motivating, educating, re-orientating equipping women and their children with information, skills and opportunities necessary for healthy and productive lifestyle.

People with low incomes, particularly those who live in poverty, face particular challenges in maintaining their health. They are more likely than those with higher incomes to become ill, and to die at younger ages. They are also more likely to live in poor environmental situations with limited health care resources—factors that can compromise health status and access to care.

Professional, she is a teacher, counselor and her work has led her to become a care-giver. Angelista spend greater percentage of her income to give education to girls who are orphans and vulnerable. She has succeeded to see 5 girls out of secondary school and they are now in tertiary institution. More than 60 women trained within her working communities are now empowered with vocational skills and are economically empowered to take care of their families and sibling. She counts life first and assist women to make a living. She is overwhelmed when the girls and women speak positively about the impact of her work within their community. They embrace the programs positively. The social status and economic needs of these women are raised.

Notwithstanding, she also encounter some challenges such as community leaders non acceptance of her work. They do not give their support to women empowerment.

Angelista, a mother of five girls wants to see women standing together with men and not seen as second class citizen. She wants freedom for the girl’s child development. ‘I want to see women raise their voices, have economic power to make their choices and be happy’.

The vast majority of the world's poor are women. Two-thirds of the world's illiterates are female. Of the millions of school age children not in school, the majority are girls. On this, she engages women in adult education literacy class and entrepreneurial skills to manage their businesses. Women are the most hard working and shoulder the burden of taking care of their families yet they are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility.

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Emilia Zozobrado
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010

Vivian!!! Congratulations! You are the first to post a draft, girl ... and you found a great woman for a subject! Her life is really worth emulating. May the likes of her abound and proliferate. All the best for all of us ...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Vivian Emesowum
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010

God bless you for responding to my draft. Am so afraid, if I truly wrote my profile well the way we are expected to write it.

Thank you for being the first to comment on it.

Emilia Zozobrado
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010

Sister, when one writes about someone she adores her heart, mind, soul and whole being expresses it in her words. You are very eloquent! Keep it up, Vivian! All the best ...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Vivian Emesowum
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarvina Kang
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010

Hi Vivian,

She is really amazing! she has heped to empower many people in her nation. I am really proud of her and her humantarian work! Thus, I would love to suggest you some more points due I was reading, I was not so sure where she has lived and worked as a Project Director...it should be included her age, city she lives in, education background. I am so eager to know her backgroud more so I wish you could add more these points to your journal. I am looking to reading this wonderful article! Really Fantastic...:)

Loves, Sarvina

Vivian Emesowum
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010

Thank you for your observation. I will include that as soon as possible. Am sure to count on you. God bless.

SLaw
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010

Hi Vivian,

Angelista sounds like an incredible woman and I am excited Nigeria has a crop of EMPOWERED women who are empowering others. You did a great job writing the profile piece :) It might be nice to end your last paragraph on a strong, hopeful note -- maybe a quote from Angelista or a line about your vision for women and girls in Nigeria.

Proud of you, Vivi :)

Vivian Emesowum
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 28, 2010

Thank you so much Slaw for taken time to read my assignment. Am so happy and grateful for you observation and encouraging comment.

How far are you doing with yours? Hope you are coping work and other activities including your assignment. I wish you success as we undertake this journey together.

Cheers

warona
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 29, 2010

Dear Vivian

She is a woman of valour! This one you cannot ignore,she has a big heart and has a heart for people.That was so awesome.And i bet you have met a mighty woman. I like her passion and her desire to reach out to women 's needs. I think you ve done a great job sister.I hope your mentors and midwifes will do the rest gal.

Love you so much,kip going my gal.

Best wishes

Warona

Vivian Emesowum
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 29, 2010

Thank you for your encouraging words. I have indeed sent my piece to my editorial midwife and am waiting for her response. Am glad you like it.

Jana Potter
Dec 02, 2010
Dec 02, 2010

Vivian, This is a lovely interview. What a powerful woman she must be. Thanks to you for honoring her, and hoping that your interview will inspire and motivate others like her. There are so many African women who are making a real difference and each of them deserve the sort of tribute you have given Angelista. She's lucky to know you. You are lucky to know her...and through you (and her) we all benefit!!! Thank you for your work and your passion.

Vivian Emesowum
Dec 03, 2010
Dec 03, 2010

Your words are encouraging. Yes, am lucky to know Angelista. She is one of many we are showing real concern to women and girls development within my community and the country.

Presently, she has adopted a girl who lost parent and slibing to fire outbreak. This I know. One of her challenge is fund to expand her work.

True, I was astonished when I was interviewing her to learn about her works. Am really lucky to know her and am sure she will be honored with this beautiful profile as you have describe it.

Thank you for finding my journal and to comment on my post.

Jana Potter
Dec 04, 2010
Dec 04, 2010

Vivian,

Check out Women to Women. (I learned about them reading Half the Sky.) They work in Nigeria and might be a resource for Angelista. Here is the URL http://www.womenforwomen.org. I just looked around their site and it was unclear to me how to connect with them, but have a look around and see if you think there might be potential. Money is always an obstacle and as you know World Pulse does not get directly involved in funding. However, there are other resources out there. Best regards!

Vivian Emesowum
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 06, 2010

Thank you for this information, i will send it to her. She truly needs funding to expand the scope of her work. Am grateful.

Rachael Maddock-Hughes
Dec 03, 2010
Dec 03, 2010

Dear Vivian,

This is a fantastic start to VOF! You set the stage in your introductory paragraph, and give good back ground on what brought Angelista to her work. I would love to see perhaps a few more statistics about women/childrens health in your country, and a few more quotes from Angelista would make this really powerful. I would also love to hear more about how she overcomes the challenges she faces in these communities, and what your connection to her is--why does she inspire you? Do you see yourself being involved in her projects? What lessons learned can you take from her journey? You have a really powerful article here, and I hope my suggestions above may help you take it to the next level. They are just suggestions though!

Kind regards,

Rachael

Vivian Emesowum
Dec 03, 2010
Dec 03, 2010

O Rachael,

Am very glad to have your suggestions. They make sense and I will try my best to fill in the gaps. This idea of posting the draft of assignment is very wonderful. I will work on my assignment again to inculate contributions from friends.

Thank you Rachael, am grateful.