Dear sisters in Voice of the Future,

I have made preparations for my feature story for the past 3 weeks already, doing research, going to the field and interviewing key people for the story, but alas, i still might not be able to make it to the deadline. My feature story is about diaspora and how diaspora could help stem back the tide of women migration in my country. The voices of the diaspora women involved in the story is very important so i cannot leave them out.I have already contacted two of the key women migrants involved in the story and have asked them for an interview. But connecting to them has been difficult because they are usually busy and are going out most of the time and have minimal access to the internet. That is why until now, i am still waiting for their answers to my interview questions.

But despite not making it to the deadline, i am still happy to inform the group that being one of Voice of the Future Correspondents has opened a new door to me. Right now, i am in the middle of a conference among women radio journalists from several Asia Pacific countries called Women Making Waves for Peace project sponsored by Isis International Philippines. I spoke to them as a journalist , sharing my understanding and experiences in Engendering Peace Journalism. And part of the experiences i am imparting is the experience of writing stories about women issues that i am doing for VOF.I would not have the confidence of standing before them, if i wasn't enriched by the inputs i got and the exchanges we have had in our journey in online journalism.

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Dear Ma Chona, This is wonderful news. I am wishing you all the best and I look forward to reading your final piece whenever it is finished. My best to you. Tina

This is good news, congratulations Ma Chona.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Dear Chona,

Wow ! I'm so happy for you ! How I wish I could have such opportunity to be with women journalists , listening and learning from them the beauty of being a journalist.

Keep up the good work and wish you best!

love, malaya

Tomorrow is not vague anymore. It is already in your hands. Enjoy it and live it up.

Hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

That is wonderful to hear (not that it will be late but how you are creating connections!) and I am very proud of what you have managed to accomplish.

What is really exciting is how we are only the first wave. Imagine the next group knowing the impact it can have on their lives and it continuing to ripple around the world.

Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading your article,

love,

Maria