Global Women’s Empowerment Network: Celestin’s Story

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Posted on January 07, 2013

In 1994, my sister and I lost our parents during the war to liberate Rwandans from the genocide against the Tutsis. After struggling in harsh conditions, I moved to the streets where I spent 5 years living outside and struggling for my basic needs. While on the streets, I happened to meet with Danie Roberson, a volunteer who came to Rwanda from Switzerland. He founded a center in 1998 to help street children through the Rwanda Presbyterian Church (EPR). The Center is called Centre Presbytérien d’Amour des Jeunes (CPAJ), meaning Presbyterian Center of Love for the Youth.

With the help of UNICEF and the Rwandan Government, in 1999, I was admitted into the center and moved out of the streets. It is in this center that I started gaining back my hope. I am a former street child who received a hand up and I am now ready to share my story to inspire others.

I have a gift, I’m an artist. After getting some training to wake my art up, I was hired by an NGO in Kigali as their arts coordinator. Today, I am proudly a CEO, Rwandan artist, painter, singer/songwriter, photographer, dancer and film maker. I am also a graduate of the Kwetu Film Institute in Kigali.

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My goal is to be a role model to street children. Through my life path, I have seen the possibilities for children when they are given support from adults and access to opportunities. I want to let young people who find themselves on the streets know that there is a better life out of the streets. I want to mentor street children and make them realize that there is potential in each and every person and that if you work hard on it, you become successful. I also want to have real discussions with the youth of Rwanda about the dangers of street life. I want youth to understand that if they leave their parents for a better life on the streets, they will meet a harsh reality. I don’t want kids to have the illusion that they will live better on the streets, like I thought myself.

I hope I can be a good example of a person who is now rising from the middle of nowhere and I proudly want to inspire others. I want to do this through my film, Hope for the Future. It is a docu-drama based on my life. I am in need of financial assistance to get this project off the ground. I have the inspiration, ideas and motivation and am looking for support of the international community in realizing my dream. Please consider contributing to the project through this blog.

Tell us your story with Tess Cacciatore and Marsh Engle

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Posted on January 03, 2013

Marsh Engle

GWEN Amazing Woman, What’s Your Story with Tess Cacciatore & Marsh Engle

Listen to the call audio recording with co-founder of GWEN Network, Tess Cacciatore and guest Marsh Engle, Founder of the Amazing Woman’s Day global initiative.

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For over a decade Marsh Engle has served as a global leader in creative business development and leadership skills for women. An award-winning entrepreneur, she’s has been instrumental in the groundbreaking success leadership of over 25,000 women experts, authors, coaches, and transformational leaders. She is a multi-published author including her latest book and certification training, The Six Essentials™ ― a template for a NEW paradigm of success that connects passion, purpose, and inspired action.

As CEO of Marsh Engle Media, a media development, marketing, and consulting company and Founder of the Amazing Woman’s Day global initiative, she has contributed to the lives of over 100,000 women spanning around the world. Her uplifting message and engaging creative style have attracted the attention of leading entertainment studios such as Paramount, Children’s Television Workshop, Universal Studios, Australia Broadcasting, and more. Acknowledged as a distinctive authority in the field of communications, Marsh has been nominated among the Power 100 Women in Entertainment and named among the Power 100 Women in Entertainment and named among Who’’s Who in American Women.

The Marsh Engle Show broadcasts each Monday on
on CBS Radio.

For more information about Marsh Engle

Tess Cacciatore is an award-winning producer, videographer, journalist and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life advocating for peace, justice and equality around the globe.
Prior to joining GWEN, Cacciatore was the founder and executive director of the World Trust Foundation, an organization that mentors youth to become future leaders working for a sustainable world. Throughout the past decade Cacciatore has traveled the globe connecting youth-focused non-profit organizations, inspiring youth to learn, think and take action for positive change in their lives, in their local communities and in the global community.

Cacciatore has spoken regularly at the United Nations (Geneva and New York) and other international platforms on behalf of children and the important use of media and technology to bridge the cultures of the world.

Tesss participated on many boards over the years including Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) where she held the position of vice president and interim president of the Los Angeles Chapter. She also served on the board of Offbeat Prodigies (an organization that mentors gifted children with special needs). She is also a founding member of the Women’s Speakers Association.

In 2003 Cacciatore was awarded the Fete d’ Excellence within the Sub-Commission for Human Rights at the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland) for her work in educational entertainment.

Please take a moment and listen to last Saturday’s call and make a decision to tell us your story today.

GWEN Amazing Woman, What’s Your Story with Tess Cacciatore & Marsh Engle

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Posted on December 22, 2012



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