Flash Back 2012

Raquel Jacobs
Posted April 22, 2014 from Nigeria

I was in a bus heading home yesterday when I had a flash back about the things that happened in the past that I had forgotten about but made a huge impact in my life. One of which happened in 2012. 

In 2012, I entered for the Dell Innovation  Challenge. My project got to the semi finalist stage. It was my first time applying for this kind of competition and I put my best in it. As a semi finalist, I had to create a video and upload on YouTube. This was critical for the next stage of the competition.  To cut the long story short, I made a good video but my project plan had some loop holes and I didn't get to the final stage.

I was sad. Yes! I was. Something strange started happening. A lot people watched that video. I got lots of emails, people asking if it was true that we had poor girls who couldn't afford sanitary pads in Nigeria.

It sounded really hard to believe that  some girls in Nigeria actually use Tissue, Cloth, Mattress Foam, or News paper for their menstruation.I had to explain to some that even I too was shocked when I found out. 

A lot of people started asking how they could be of help. Soon people had the video on their laptops and mobile phones. Some people volunteered, some donated money for sanitary pad and some donated free sanitary pads to support our work.I was overwhelmed I didn't know what powerful tool the media is. The short video on YouTube, the post on Facebook and Twitter clearly showed me what the media is capable of.

 Sitting back and looking at the projects in front of me. The only thing on my mind is: How to create the next video for our YouTube Channel.

Social media has shown me that it can either make or mar you. I have decided to make very good use of it.

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  • kellyannaustin
    Apr 23, 2014
    Apr 23, 2014

    What a success story! We never know where our work will take us. We aim one way and the unexpected happens!

    Thank you for sharing this,

  • Raquel Jacobs
    Apr 23, 2014
    Apr 23, 2014

    We truly never know. Life indeed is full of surprises..

    Thank you for taking out time to read.

    Sisterly,

    Raquel

  • Vivian Emesowum
    Apr 24, 2014
    Apr 24, 2014

    It is good to found your voice online especially on a special platform like World pulse. Well done sister, you are doing well in writing. Certainly u will get there.

  • Raquel Jacobs
    Apr 29, 2014
    Apr 29, 2014

    Hello Vivian,

    I am pleased at your comments.... Thank you very much.

    Sisterly,,

    Raquel

  • amymorros
    May 04, 2014
    May 04, 2014

    I am glad you had such success with your video. Even though you did not win, you were able to make quite an impact. I often think of what success is for me and how I would best measure it so that I am happy and satisfied with myself. I am glad that you have made the decision to make good use of it. And the subject matter is so important too. Where can we see the video?

  • Raquel Jacobs
    May 15, 2014
    May 15, 2014

    Please find the link to the video on YouTube.

    Sisterly,

    Raquel

  • amymorros
    May 19, 2014
    May 19, 2014

    Thank you. Great video and such an important message.

  • MariaAle
    May 17, 2014
    May 17, 2014

    Dear Raquel, Thank you for sharing your flash back.. Those kind of flash backs are the ones that make a difference in our lives. How I interpret your story, I believed that your project went beyond farer that a contest final stage.. With your video , you were able to touch people heart and want it to help the girls in Nigeria. What a wonderful prize!!!!!!!!

    I'm sure your next video will be touching and wonderful. Please keep us post when you share it and we'll use the technology to share it with the world.

    Blessings, MariaAle

  • Raquel Jacobs
    May 17, 2014
    May 17, 2014

    I sincerely appreciate your comments and feedback. Already working on it and I will post the link here once I have it.

    Sisterly,

    Raquel

  • Drpkahn
    May 18, 2014
    May 18, 2014

    thank you for sharing, Raquel, Yes, it is amazing what an impact the internet and social media can make. Think of the difference in all the lives you have touched. We can never imagine it. Even to each young woman that might have received a single sanitary napkin as a result of you and some other person on the other side of the world. We will never know, this may change her life forever. Thank you for using your video challenge to address a social need, not just for frivolity. Continue to change lives! patricia kahn