It is really amazing to see how I discovered World Pulse!
I am a Rwandese woman and a survivor of Rwanda civil war of 1994. My dreams have been always to study and be useful to the community. But because of the war things did not turn out well, I wasted many years rebuilding my life again. While in Kenya God gave me another opportunity to go for higher education and I am doing Community Development. I would want to become a Community Development Worker. Our people in communities have knowledge, and know their problems and can take care of themselves but they lack good guidance and facilitation. They do not need people who speak on their behalf because they have their powerful voices, but they need people who could accompany them and advise them properly. People who could help them to see opportunities and make better use of them. I would want to contribute towards safer and peaceful community.
At the same time, after seeing what happened in Rwanda and especially the role young people played during the genocide, I developed this passion of working with young people especially helping them to become peace ambassadors. With the job I am doing with a Christian Organization, in 2005, I introduced “Youth in Peacebuilding Programme" where youth are being equipped with skills in peacebuilding and conflict transformation as well as entrepreneurship so that youth can be able to become economically self dependent. we train them and they go home to train others. This would stop manipulation of youth by selfish individuals as well as politicians. Peace and development goes together. Without peace there is no development and vice versa. That is why my focus is on development and peace.
Most of the time when I am on internet looking for scholarships and sponsorships for women in developing countries, opportunities for women in terms of trainings and also looking for jobs especially with these international originations! That is how I came across World Pulse and interestingly I noticed this training whose aim is to empower women! First of all I was not so sure whether I could go for it since I have never done journalism but after reading more about it, I realized that I could try it! I took time to read a number of articles from women where they are talking about their work, and I realize that this could be an opportunity for me to also learn and also share with others about a number of things. It was so interesting to see what women are doing out there in their communities, and realized that if this opportunity was not given to them no one was going to know what is happening there. Hence I said that this could be an opportunity for me to also share, network and learn from others. I saw this opportunity as an opening door that would enable me to also speak for myself. Together we can ensure safer and peaceful communities worldwide.
I thank God because I have now another good reason of being on the internet.: interracting with other women worldwide! I would want to be part of Women Voice for Change! Our voice is our force!
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