By Sarrah Murtaza
I come from a very humble background. There were times when our financial situation would go from bad to worse. It was at that tender age of eighteen where I knew the value of every shilling.
By Tina (Elivava) Mensah
My name is Elivava, I’m singer and performer from Ghana. A victim of domestic violence, and someone who had been suppressed in the male dominated Ghanaian society. Being the only girl child among 5 boys, I learnt to fight to empower myself for my freedom among boys as a child, and men as I grew up.
My brothers, family, society, made me feel less than myself and even said it to my face that it was my fate because I am a woman.
If there is anything stronger than cancer, then it’s self-will.
One inspiring example of a cancer survivor is Durriya Kapasi. A lady, who stands strong, despite having fought the devastating disease, all thanks to her positive attitude, her fighting spirit, and a supportive family.
Although, cancer did temporarily put a halt to Durriya’s dreams, but it was certainly not going to stop her.
Right after recovering from her ailment, and given a second chance to life, Durriya decided to pursue her dream of becoming a published author, and now as we speak, she is almost there. Her book, Once Upon a Genie is soon to release in March 2017.
Married at the young age of 18, to a 27 year old Naim Akhtar, little did Fatim know this young man, who she had never met or spoken to before, would so soon become the most important part of her life.
Meet Samina Bharmal, a beautiful young girl from Kenya. She might look like an ordinary girl of an Indian origin from East Africa, but her story is exceptional.
For the last four years, Samina has been wheelchair bound, due to Arthritis that she was diagnosed with when she was as young as 11. But, being the strong-willed girl, Samina never let her disability become a hurdle. She recently published her first book, 10 THINGS KEEPING ME SUPER SANE: On a Wheelie. The book gives an account of 10 things that helped pave her way to accepting a wheelchair as a part of her identity, and move forward towards self-acceptance and recovery.
At SWEA, we began an initiative to feature various NGOs across East Africa, that are tirelessly and selflessly working for the betterment of the East African nations.
It was then, when we came across the work done by The Purple Box, a small initiative started by a young college student, Naureen Gamdust. Naureen started the project last year to provide underprivileged school girls with sanitary pads. A lot of young women could not afford sanitary pads, and as a result, missed out on school days, eventually lagging behind academically.