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.