2010 VOF Week 3

Naomi Kinyanjui
Posted October 4, 2010 from Kenya

It’s sometimes difficult to understand how best your solution will fit other people’s lifestyles. It’s a challenge to put your personal vision into ground action at the right time. But the thing is, if you never try you will still have failed. The problems and barriers in my community can be best described with the following words: corruption, negative mentality that things will never change, tribalism, a very shaky political ground, a growing economy, joblessness for most youth and my list is endless. This however will allow us to want a change for our communities. I am mostly involved in the community through my church, I have assisted in raising funds through participating in garage sales of which the money gotten is donated to a social program which gives women from poor backgrounds the chance to go to college. They mainly take catering courses, housekeeping courses, etc because these are skills which they can easily get jobs with. Their incomes can then be able to sustain their families. The same money raised is used to pay school fees for high school students. I got to meet about 3 of these students in person and it was amazing. They all come from poor backgrounds but they are not letting their circumstances interrupt their own personal visions of becoming doctors and engineers. Some are not able to buy all the school books needed and expressed that they are often teased because they are poor. They see beyond their current life circumstance of lack of money but they know that discovering their personal world within will help them discover the world without and allow them to dream big. As a Pulser I am constantly faced with many opportunities and resources which I can share and connect with. I can also make my own offers, and help where someone posts a need that is within my reach. When I get more into my own social project, this is the first place I will ask for help and guidance because it has been made available for me. Many many solutions can be replicated for developing nations and what works for one could be the easiest solution for many. Go Pulse Wire! Go! It’s such a great platform we just need to make much more use of it. Hey, I even already applied to one of the posted opportunities, so here’s to making a difference to our communities, starting with one person at a time. 2010 VOF Week 3

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  • Olutosin
    Oct 04, 2010
    Oct 04, 2010

    I love this phrase because most people will sit down do nothing and waiting for when large sum of money will come, which may never come, the joy in making someone smile per day is even enough to sign and say I have done so well for today and when 365 people smiled in a year because of our simple acts in their lives, then we say we have done done so well. Well done dear sis.

  • Naomi Kinyanjui
    Oct 04, 2010
    Oct 04, 2010

    Thanks Olutosin, really its great to hear from you! How's everything going with your programme? I believe that if we could all make just 1 difference in changing 1 persons life then we can surely make a big difference in our communities. And because we are local, we become closer. But things like tribalism mostly are in the politics side of things. You know how African leaders are pure inciters and they bring bridges of tribe. The tribalism as you can imagine causes big gaps in communities. Although it is slowly fading away in my country.

    Cheers dear!


  • Linda M. Ando
    Oct 06, 2010
    Oct 06, 2010

    Habari Gani Naomie!

    Asante Sana for stepping up and believing in the amazing gifts each women has to contribute to society if given the support and resources to develop fully. I love your determination, compassion and care to make positive change in the lives of the women and girls in your community despite the barriers and challenges faced daily. You make such an important difference in the lives of these women/girls and provide HOPE, COURAGE, LOVE, LIFE and POSSIBILITIES. As you know, if we educate a girl, we change the world and you are doing this one girl/woman at a time.

    Please continue the wonderful work and encouragement you provide to the girls and women in your community. I appreciate how you are committed to share the knowledge, skills and resources learned from WorldPulse and other online communities for other women/girls in your community to access. You are a valued teacher and mentor for the women/girls in your community and beyond!

    With gratitude and appreciation,

    Linda "Riziki" Ando

  • Rebecca
    Oct 10, 2010
    Oct 10, 2010

    Thank you for your work both here on Pulse Wire and in your community. You provide hope for the future!

    Education is truly the way up and out for so many girls/women. I loved it when you said, "They see beyond their current life circumstance of lack of money but they know that discovering their personal world within will help them discover the world without and allow them to dream big." How inspiring!

    All the best, rmweaver

  • Antonia Porter
    Oct 14, 2010
    Oct 14, 2010

    Thank you for your optimism here. Despite the challenges of corruption, joblessness for youth, political shakiness, etc., that you mention, there is a positivity and determination in your words which is impressive and encouraging. Thank you for sharing this and good luck.