By Canon Felix, Gitega Burundi.
If you want to move forward, avoid fear. Many people do not want to do work for free. They will ask you many things. In Social Initiatives Support Project, I made the difference. While others were failing, this was my successful moment, using the resources in hand. I was chosen from World Merit Burundi. I joined this international organization through Facebook. It was in 2016. When the headquarter recommended me to look for their legal representative in Burundi , Bujumbura, I used Facebook. I found it is Nzigamasabo Léonidas. With him, I did many things. He is my coach. From him I learned greater things. He gave me new connection: M Ichael Josefowicz and other important persons. M Ichael Josefowicz has also connected me to others and inspired me by how he does things.
Description of the micro-project.
It was in 2016, when I was chosen from World Merit Burundi as a coach in Social Initiatives Support Project, initiated by the Burundi US Embassy in partnerships with World Merit Burundi, Innova Group and other organizations. That task was to know how entrepreneurs are working, the challenges they face in their daily activities. To run this project, it was a difficult action because we were to work four months for free. A one week workshop was organized in Muyinga Province(Eastern region) in order to give us stuffs. Every one was asked to register and coach five organizations. We had to choose three topics to develop. After reading all the topics, I decided to choose :
1. Fundraising planning
2. Planning for impact
3. Leadership planning.
These are the topics I developed. To make this doable, everyone was to look for the place he was going to use, for there were not fees to rent the classroom. Instead of five organizations, I registered and coached twelve. While developing these topics, I realized that many leaders have difficulties to distinguish the difference between vision, mission and objectives.
When I teach I learn
The time of the project has been fruitful for me. As I moved with coaching, I found one direction to focus on in my Jonny of entrepreneurship. Recognizing the problem of entrepreneurs, I began to think on how to help them to know their goals. I saw that the project was very important for them. In the use of network, I didn’t realize that one can find partners there. Taking what I learned from M Ichael Josefowicz, PrinterNet Foundation and PrinterNet News, I saw the way. With my new connection, conversation take the lead. Since I have chosen what to do, I have made a choice to help them by creating Menya Foundation in order to provide them with teachings. To make the visibility of what we are doing, I created Menya Magazine. This one writes successful stories and the works of the Foundation. These stories are posted on our blog menyasite.wordpress.com in various languages. The challenge is that we cannot cover all the country. If someone can help us to reach on all of them, it will be a good action. All the trained associations are able to fundraise for their ngos. Since that time, they can write and run a project. They learned how to lead for good future. We are trying to compete with others. After the project, something changed in my manner of doing things. Nowadays, we are looking for partners to give us strength in our activities.