Another dream gone

Last Update: July 10, 2019

I have realized that what will bring me happiness is the ability to help people who can never be able to repay me. But for me to do this,

I have been invited to the International OCD Foundation’s annual conference in Austin USA from the 19th to the 21stof July 2019 to talk about OCD around the world, commonalities and unique international perspectives. I am the only speaker on that panel from Africa, and I find this exciting because there is so much to talk about, as a woman with OCD and the challenges we come cross, acceptance from family members and how difficult it is to convince them that, this is something that cannot be swept under the carpet. This is also an opportunity to meet other people suffering from OCD, to share our experiences, to learn from those running support groups the best way to run one and to learn about the different methods that are used to help patients as well as research that can be done in communities like mine.

When I joined WA, the idea was to raise enough for my ticket and board. But alas, not a cent have I made. It will take more than a month to start making money.

When I goggled and saw my name on the programme, and saw my name on the lists of speakers, I cried, because I was so happy that I had accomplished something for once in my life. I also cried because I knew that this was not going to be possible. Another opportunity lost. I have knocked on so many doors and they were all slammed in my face. I look at my passport with the American Visa, and I go over and over my speech but before I finish, I break down again because my dream of sharing with other OCD people look almost gone. I count the days every day when I am supposed to leave. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,... Oh DEAR. Another opportunity gone.

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sminman7 Premium
Don't give up hope! My mother used to say: "Where there is a will, there is a way" Do you know someone who could help you with the funding? As noted, look into crowdfunding!
A great opportunity for you!
Michael Inman
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Dadaz123 Premium
The Bible says, "If we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart." I have no doubt you have delighted Him with your choice to help those who cannot help themselves. So He in turn will make a way where there's no way. Just hold on to his garment and don't let go.
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Karin13 Premium
I like Linda's idea. Try crowdfunding. My sister was able to raise over $1000 in a matter of days through one source after she lost her job due to a brain tumor. Like Linda said, it won't hurt to try.

Best wishes,
Karin :)
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jusoo Premium
Don't lose hope. I heard many testimonies of how God delivered, when we had no where to go. Keep the faith.
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Linda103 Premium
How about crowdfunding? Lots of people have raised money by such methods. You lose nothing by trying.
Never done it myself but have shared good causes on social media. Just google it.
Good luck.
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KC1953 Premium
Excellent idea!
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