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I am passionate about:
Changing the paradigm for girls and their moms in eastern DRC
A little known fact about me is:
Getting Polio rescued me from a life of ignorance and servitude to the cultural paradigm of early and forced marriage for girls. My mom made sure I got an education. Now I have the capacity to change the paradigm for all girls in the area I was born.
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I was born in a remote, mountainous area of Eastern DRC. I contracted polio at the age of 2, but with my Mom’s support, became the first handicapped woman from my tribe to graduate university, going on to serve my nation as chief advisor to the Minister of Gender and Family. My heart and my work is to change the paradigm for girls and their mom’s. We have a number of programs that are designed to bring women together, to enable them to discover the gift that they are and the gifts that they embody; to develop the constitution and capacity to be the change agent for their little world, and mine
Hi William, another product that is really needed and wanted, but one I think impossible for us to create/manufacture, is braziers. There are no bras in the area, and as the adolescent girls start to develop, they become the object of unwanted attention, especially in their somewhat see-through white school uniform blouses. Also, dancing is a big part of our culture and without bras, girls become extremely self-conscious about engaging in sport at school, or in our cultural dances. What we have done is to ask for donations of slightly-used or new bras. We have received donations of over 1,000 bras which has been a real boost to the self confidence of the girls who were fortunate to receive them.