Keeping life record as a reference of positive change

Achieng Nas
Posted September 23, 2010 from Uganda

I do not under look myself, I always think positive in difficult situations, I dream big always. My job title does not define me at all, I do not earn salary I get paid 30,000 Uganda Shillings (US $13) only when we have HIV/AIDS trainings in the Universities which happens once or twice a month. To earn a living I am a website designer, I make websites for Organisations at a cheaper cost, I am also an Entrepreneur I do sell cloths, shoes, jewelries in my village and life goes on. Jobs in Uganda is based on technical know who, if you have a relation somewhere, you will get the job, as I patiently search for a better one week by week I have never lost hope neither given up to this level. After all I was a mere Bar maid, to this level I will never giveup! it was through TakingItGlobal (TIG) under GYCA (Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS)a network of youths around the world in the fight of HIV/AIDS that I came to know about Voices of Our Future, I had never known I would ever get a chance to share my voice with hundreds and thousands of people who share the common goal, I love to share my ideas and thoughts, Voices of Our Future has enabled me do this, I enjoy it I love it! This is my life story; I desired so much to study and get to the University, my dream was silenced at the age of 14 when I was made a bar maid by my brother. He had the potential to take me to school but he chose to make me a bar maid. After one year of having bad experiences with drunkards I abandoned my job and went back home to dig with hope of getting school fees for the next academic year. Through the help of my mother I managed to finish 'O' level from where I had stopped - Senior two( from Senior 3 to 4).I was to join high school (Senior 5 and 6) before I could join the University however there was no hope because food could not produce anymore money for my education as my mother insisted. I sat home for one more year but through prayers, GOD connected me with an American couple who paid my school fees from high school to University where I graduated with Bachelors in Information Technology. Now I pay school fees to youths in my village who have passion for studying but had no opportunity. With my tireless efforts in supporting youths, I believe I will change MANY lives from Nobody to Somebody, I believe Nobody is a Nobody given the opportunity and sense of direction.Thanks to Voices of Our Future for voicing me!

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  • Nilima Raut
    Sep 23, 2010
    Sep 23, 2010

    you had passed through the really tough time dear! and you are very lucky that you got the education and i am so proud of you that you are helping others who are in the same situation as you were! god may give you the many other ways to help those!!

    God bless you:)

  • Achieng Nas
    Sep 23, 2010
    Sep 23, 2010

    Dear Nilima, Thanks for your comments.To this level I do not regret a thing that happens in my life, only if I cause it (make a mistake). I believe God channeled it that way so that I may be able to support those in my footsteps. I thank God I have passed through it all. My mission in life is to change lives into meaningful beings.

    God bless you too.

    Cheers Beatrice

  • Sahar
    Sep 25, 2010
    Sep 25, 2010

    Firstly , I would like to thank you for sharing your story as it reminds me of myself with school fees struggle. However , as you said , GOD never lets you down especially because education is part of all human rituals and we all should preach and raise awareness to the importance of education. Not only that, we should also educate whenever we can and this is what exactly you are doing . You are thanking GOD in your way by supporting young people in your village.And what you said about TIG is very true . I joined TIG on 2008 and I am really amazed about how they connect and network youth from all over the world. This is simply the way World Plus works with women around the world. Thus , I can say that " great minds think alike"

  • Rudzanimbilu
    Sep 26, 2010
    Sep 26, 2010

    And I totally agree with you, nobody is a nobody. We are all something and education, caring and peace will make us "someone's". Thank you for sharing your voice.

  • William62
    Sep 30, 2010
    Sep 30, 2010

    You have a powerful story to tell about the importance of following your dreams. Perhaps even more important is understanding entrepreneurship rewards hard work. Learning how to keep going when facing hardships is something we all have to learn.

    Having technical skills and understanding working with the internet puts you in an important role, especially with the advent of Web 2.0 platforms.

    Keep up the good work, and never give up!

  • Achieng Nas
    Sep 30, 2010
    Sep 30, 2010

    William, You have summarized all I have been struggling to bring out."Following your dreams" and "Learning to keep going when facing hardships". Thank you!

  • Jan Askin
    Oct 01, 2010
    Oct 01, 2010

    Dear AchiengNas, I am so impressed by your persistence in obtaining your education. You had to sit out for a year at 2 different times, but you struggled on. congratulations. Your story is powerful and significant to women worldwide who must submit their future to the men in their lives, as you submitted to your brother by becoming a bar maid. Again, your persistence ensured that you got an education and you continue to persist in earning a living. It is all the more impressive that you want to reach out to others unselfishly, even as you struggle in your own life. I am full of admiration. Your sister in the US

  • Laura in Portland
    Oct 01, 2010
    Oct 01, 2010

    Dear AchiengNas,

    Thank you for sharing your writing. It's clear that you have a strong sense of yourself as well as a lot of determination. I think it takes a lot of courage to continue on in the face of adversity. I wish you all the best,

    Laura

  • Achieng Nas
    Oct 12, 2010
    Oct 12, 2010

    Thanks Laura, I am determined and so hopeful that the future is better.

  • akullocathy
    Feb 04, 2012
    Feb 04, 2012

    Dear Bitu

    I like your boldness, courage to face the world.

    I also think that those life mountains in your journey of life have been the building blocks for your current and future achievements. just be positive and relentless.

    the sky is the limit for you.

    Cheers

    Cathy