The last couple of weeks have been fraught with anxiety and tension as we awaited to see who got chosen to be the voice of the voiceless in the World Pulse community. We finally woke up to the list of 31 Power Voices. Having interacted with quite a number of the Correspondents and even being in the same community with some, coupled with going through the profiles of the others, I must commend the Listeners and WP as a whole for the most difficult task that was tackled to perfection! All the 31 women deserved the honor of being the Voices of the Future this year, congratulations. I believe that having gone through most of the posts of my fellow applicants, we were all awesome, and it must have been quite a headache choosing the ones to qualify for the training program. That was a job well done. Personally, I am amazed at the tons of encouragement, inspiration and empowerment I amassed in this forum in such a short time, its unbelievable! I have come to consider World Pulse my second home, since here I have made friends, been mentored, shared my ideas, been shown consideration in even very small matters, been listened to, inspired and many other benefits that have eluded me in real life. The love here is just awesome! I thank World Pulse for sharing the training toolkit with all the applicants, makes us feel part of the party! I would like to take this opportunity to encourage my fellow applicants who didn't make it that despite there being a next time, a win for one woman is a win for the universe. We are all winners, none of us are losers. In the same vein, I hope the World Pulse family will continue to give us a hand in whatever fashion, to realize our visions for our communities, even in a small way. Teach us to fish. Wishing us all the very best in our endeavors. God Bless Women, God Bless World Pulse, God Bless the World!

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Hey, Sharontina, Thank you for harboring the same sentiments, though I almost believed you'd make the list. Not to worry, though, we will be here to participate next year, if all goes well, and in any other activity that comes up in this forum. Wishing you all the best, lotsa love dear,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

aye aye - you are a women of character. Such inspiration and such strength. No wonder I have been awe of your humility. May your journey ahead be full of successes. Thank you for being you

Salaam Aminah

Thanks for your kind wishes, Aminah. I believe that with women like you and the entire World Pulse family, success will be within my grasp. Not only my vision, but others' too, will be realized in this forum, nowhere else. Wishing you the best of the best, dear.

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Hey, Julie, You are great yourself. Thanks for your kindness, and guess what? I admire you too! Lotsa love,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

I thought blindfolded that you were among the finalists. Well, I think that you already are a VOF Correspondent at heart. You are amazing, and at the end, your accomplishments in life, those that count, are the ones from the heart. And you've already shared your amazing soul within this community. Hear hear, my friend! A big hug, and hopefully, I'll see you next year as one of the official finalists. Take care.

M.G.Alonzo

I just smiled, reading your comment. As I said, we were all awesome, thus we are all VOF Correspondents, albeit the outer circle. Thanks for your vote of confidence. Looking forward to next year. Bigger hugs to you too,

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

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