I feel like time is really running fast. It’s already been six months for most of us . Can you believe that? I can still vividly remember when I got to Brussels some few months ago and I find it amazing that over these few months I have been able to learn and do so many things.
Recently, I attended the IC meeting in Dakar Senegal. It was especially nice for me not just because the meeting was successful. It is also because in the meeting I had the opportunity to meet with so many other young people from IFM-SEI member organisations. After the meeting we had the African Network meeting. In this meeting we accomplished many things and we hope to achieve more in the future.
It was thanks to that meeting that I met with Rivka Jubitz from SDJ Die Falken and there we had another meeting on how to start a magazine for young women from IFM-SEI member organisations around the world. In our discussions we plan to encourage young women to speak out and fight for their rights. After the meeting we have been working on setting up a blog/Magazine and I am glad to tell you that you will be reading one soonest. Just watch out for FEMINIST ECHOES!
I attended the Training course for youth Leaders of African Diaspora in Europe organised by the council of Europe, African Diaspora Youths Living in Europe (ADYNE) from the 21-27 of May. ADYNE is a platform in the making, dedicated to the development of an official network that shall enable us to represent the interest of the African Diaspora Youth living in Europe and work on strategies to strengthen the development of a constructive dialogue between European and African societies. ADYNE shares the spirit of “UBUNTU”( I am What I am because of Who we all are) that recognize coexistence, humanity, servitude, belonging, accountability and respect towards others. I have been working with the other members to promote our Mapping Exercise which is aimed at looking for more African Diaspora organisations to join the Network, contribute to writing the newsletter and also making contributions that will help ADYNE grow. For more information go to (www.adyne.eu)
I am also doing the VAP research. Eugeni and I are concentrating on youth unemployment: the perspective of the Diaspora in Belgium. I am working with Africans in Belgium. I must admit that getting their perspectives has been very challenging; it was first of all difficult to get people willing to talk about their lives on Camera and also to build a relationship with people, making them feel comfortable enough to trust you and share with you. I succeeded in doing this because I do not see myself as filming. I see myself as sharing my own issues with fellow Africans because I understand their challenges and I guess that they see that too.
I was always worried that I will make a lot of mistakes and spoil the videos but after talking with Miki, I don’t have this fear anymore. I am suddenly feeling very confident in my filming and I just cannot wait to see how our documentary is going to look like. Plus it was also refreshing for me to work with Liesbeth Van Gysem from Rode Valken here in Belgium. We had time during an event to talk to the young people of the organisation about the VAP project and get their own ideas.
Finally even though it has been exciting, sometimes I just want to break down and cry because I miss my family, OGCEYOD and Cameroon so much. But I guess that is part of growing up. See you soon!