need sisterly help

janet kabugua
Posted June 25, 2009 from Kenya

hello sisters, am glad that we are all healthy and that we are healthy. i feel so bad when i am unable to write in this site which is the source of strengtgh and courage to many of. but despite the situation now i must admit that it is hard at times. i agree with what my sister in rafiki club is suggesting it is good to share talk and encourage those who at one time felt neglected and abandoned and sharing your time with them is the best thing. but well i have a problem am working on a project that if it pushes thru its going to help some youth who are badly affected by alcohol to either change their ways or even stop drinking and taking drugs. the project is about a programe on one of our local radio stations that will mainly deal with youth and alcoholism. effects of alcohol and drugs and major problems that are brought about by being alcoholics like pregnancy, abortion, prostitution rape and other vices. the problem i have is that the project requires alot of funding for it to be aired and am determined to see change in our youth but am unable to go about asking for funding. i feel am not strong enough. would kindly sisters help me with advices and am sure after reading what you have to say i might make it thru.

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  • JaniceW
    Jun 25, 2009
    Jun 25, 2009

    Jambo Janet, Asking for funding is one of the most difficult and unfortunately, one of the most important roles of any NGO program. You might like to connect with mamaAfrica as she has also had to consider funding Project Africa and she may have insight as to how to proceed. I will send you an email with a list of resources for applying for funding. Bahati njema, Janice


  • Maria de Chirikof
    Jun 25, 2009
    Jun 25, 2009

    Oh, I can imagine it would be extremely hard to face having to find funding for a project, no matter how worthy!

    To help create the confidence to boldly face them, one way is to write down what you would say then practice saying it in front of the mirror. For me, I am very shy and get tongue-tied easily so this is something I would do when it was very important to me. By doing this I could help get rid of the giggles that invariably follow my thoughts spoken out load and can create the wrong impression that I am not serious about what I say. I think it is important to become comfortable with yourself and I am working hard at curing my shyness. I can write so much easier then I speak that it can seem hard to imagine I am shy in person but instead since I am so shy people are often surprised I do think deeply and care passionately about things. I guess I can understand where having a fit of giggles would lead someone to not take me seriously and it led to it becoming more pronounced.

    But, it can change and lessen. Today I did my interview and the thought of it made me so nervous! She was very interesting though so I quickly forgot to be self-conscious. Facing this fear is so important to all aspects of our lives that it should be discussed more!

    Good luck with it!