It was on my way to the Atlas Corps Happy Hour on the dark S Street on a chilly day. A wallet showed up in front of me and I picked it up.
I am a Woman Entrepreneur (I know that you can see that I am a woman, but I just want to stress on it). This is what I decided to be, and it is very unusual for me to define myself under any category, but I proudly choose to belong to this particular one. Not being conventionally successful and not making a lot of/enough money ‘yet’, is not what is going to stop me from believing that I am already one.
The holiday season is approaching. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it is amazing how fast time flies.
I can’t help but be thankful for the peace and normalcy that has returned to Kenya.
Not so long ago, I was on my knees gripped with fear as sounds of gunfire rendered the air in my neighborhood. I remember crawling from one room to another afraid of being spotted by the rowdy gangs who would pass by chanting war songs. Despite living in a gated community, with security guards, we still did not feel safe in our homes.
It was an action-packed, yet troubled end of the 2013 in the Republic of South Sudan. A rebellion in December of 2013 was followed by the massive massacres in early 2014. In fact, a slightly frightening presentiment of dramatic changes and a growing feeling of a weird mix of enthusiasm and insecurity were in the air since its independence in 20011. The citizens of South Sudan all hoped for the best right after the separation from Sudan, but many things didn’t change to the expectations.
Women have exaggeratedly been undermined and still are in some parts of the world. Inequality created by some people who pretend to act according to faith-based holy scriptures has gone beyond measure that some people, the feminists, chose to stand up to fight for women’s rights.
This work is not really in vain because in some countries like Iceland, Rwanda or Sweden, women have really regained or kept their value and consideration in the society. However, in some parts, this goes to some extent where men feel like if they don’t keep an open eye, it may be too late to reverse the process! It’s true, because in these areas, most of the job adverts say “Women Preferred”; women are normally known to be involved in less crimes than men, hence relatively more trustable.
Ebola has been the latest most deadly outbreak in West Africa and has orphaned many children and destabilized families and the society in general. Why is Ebola really a concern? It kills! So does Malaria and HIV! Ebola has no openly known prevention nor sustainable treatment options. That’s why it needs our special attention. A country with a healthy people is a wealthy nation, they say. That’s true.
Africa has been and still is the source of labor and raw materials for the tech industry and all the development in the world. This says something and why it’s worth investing in Africa. We invest in Africa by sustaining its resources and protecting its people. That’s how we should invest in Africa.
I went to Peru two weeks ago. It was a 10-day trip and my first trip to Latin America. From Asia where I came, Latin America is the furthest to travel. If you travel from South Korea, it takes more than 40 hours. There’s no direct flight. You should transfer either in Canada or in U.S.. Therefore, I decided to travel Peru just after I was confirmed for the fellowship. From U.S..to Peru, I can save time and money.
End of summer doesn’t mean back to school for many children. We have less than 500 days for MDG # 2 but still there are 58 million children which are denied by the duty bearers for their basic right of education and other 160 million who are in schools but ending up having poor quality education and not able to read and write a sentence. Most of the time when organizations conduct baseline to find out the reasons which deprive children from education; poverty only contributes 38% – 44%, followed by the other reasons, like; Teachers absenteeism, children in conflict zone, poor quality of education, corporal punishment, neglect by parents and gender based discrimination and violence.
Ooooooh..I met a Royal family member!!! Shook her hand!!! Ooooh…I am so overwhelmed!! So much excited!! I can not believe!! Its Her Royal Highness Princess Anne!! Today she came to visit Save the Children office and I was the lucky one, who was selected for the team to greet her. The time was then 10:30am. We were standing with very formal dress, behaving very formal, like the way we did our rehearsal. She entered the room at about 10:35am. And started to talk with each and every person. I was in group number 9 and by that time the Princess may be got tired talking to every person. But I was surprised when she started talking about Bangladesh and wanted to know about my country when she came to know that I am from Bangladesh!! I will never forget this memory.
I was supposed to attend an event of one of our employer partners at my host organization. But, of course, since all the streets have the same names through the four corners of this city, I got lost (because M and 4th could be NW, NE, SE and SW right? Who was the genius that invented this?). But I took advantage of my lack of orientation and decided to walk and explore some places of Washington DC, beyond the fancy downtown, the hipster Adams Morgan and the monumental and evergreen National Mall.