Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker

 

Going Back to the Community

We live in such an intentional universe. Everything that shows up is right on time and just what you need, and that includes the uncomfortable shit.  Stacy Herera


Yesterday the International Women's Day celebrations  continued in the Mt. Dor Community, a small community in the East of Trinidad and Tobago. One woman who eanted to make a contributuion to the IWD Celebrations, decided to bring the women of the community together, I was humbled to be invited, I was happy that someone wanted to have an event in the community to celebrate women.


As I drove up the hill, I asked a man on the road for the directions to the community center, the man gave me the directions and he said to me  "ask if you can park in the school it will be safer" Hmm I thought this will be interesting.


I did not park in the school. I parked on the road, walked down the hill to the center as I l walked in women were cooking in the kitchen and the food was smelling soooo good! 

I walked in the hall and waited for the event to begin. 

I wanted to show them that I was here with them, not separated by any fear. Maybe this was stupid, time alone would tell.

During the event I came outside to check on the car, one young man said to me, I see you are checking on the car, don't you worry you are safe, we got you!

Guess it wasn't that stupid after all.

The woman who gave her story on the night was just a testament to the strength and resilience in each and every one of us. Living to take care of her children, honoring her purpose despite the naysayers

Getting over physical and mental abuse.

I pray for a day when our stories do not include this!

As the celebration ended another brother escorted me to my car and wished me safe travels.


Going out to communities is what I love to do. I was reminded of that yesterday and it was right on time, as with everything in the Universe.

Peace

 

Your story is inspiring, your delivery is real
— Barbara Ince, President - Maloney Women's Group
The students who attended the function were so inspired by you they want all their friends to be exposed to your story.
— Cherisse Rawlins - Teacher Moruga Secondary
I must thank you for your presentation, many people were blown away by it.
— Sharon Christopher, Dep CEO First Citizens Bank Limited
It was a pleasure hosting you. Your reading from Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here? - was both thought provoking and insightful, thank you.
— Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - New York
You are an inspiration to us all
— Marlene Charles, YWCA President
I can’t stop telling people about your presentation. You changed my life forever!
— Michele Celestine, Executive Director Heroes Foundation
What an honour and priveledge it was for me and my wife to host you during your stay in Washington DC
— Anthony WJ Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador Extraordinary Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Unveiling was exactly what I needed, thank you.
— Participant at 2017's Unveiling- Looking into the Mirror of Self
Akosua, congratulations and thank you for that fabulous and thoughtful sharing from your book. I did NOTHING for the weekend but read your books. Madam, I found your story telling light and entertaining, true Trini style but DEEP.
— Sandra Ferguson, Agency for Rural Transformation, Grenada W.I