Esther

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"It doesn’t matter where you are in the World, just remember where you come from."
Esther
Current Country: 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Country of Origin: 
Democratic Republic of the Congo

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“Back in 2000, when I got to South Africa, I was very young but I remember details about how I felt, how we all felt. There was definitely a huge difference in infrastructure. I can still remember my sister and I, waking up to gaze outside a huge window watching the city wake up. It was refreshing and beautiful. We felt in awe.

Even though we were privileged to be raised in good conditions, we still wanted to visit DRC at times. I came back for the first visit in 2012. When we landed my heart started pounding and I was very excited. I don’t remember much what I had left in Congo, I just remember the airport, some streets, some flash backs. I had a welcome back party organized for me, it was really wonderful. Overall I had an amazing time and because of that I wanted to come back.

When I finished my project management studies end of 2013 my Dad encouraged me to work as a project manager in the DRC. I wasn’t sure how I felt about leaving my whole life behind, but after some time, I took the courage and headed to the Congo. I immediately got the job and it has been a great blessing ever since.

After over a year and a half, I resigned and started my very own Project Management Consultancy called Proman House and simultaneously started working in an Embassy in Kinshasa. The opportunities I got here in the Congo have led me to believe that in order to be great, you must leave your comfort zone to find opportunities and success. My goal is to give back to my country and to contribute as an individual to its emergence. I envision doing for my community in the DRC and worldwide.

Today, I am a member of the Global Shapers community and I am also a finalist for the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016, also known as YALI.

DRC is my country, I love it! I am so proud to be Congolese. I’m getting to really know my people profoundly and not feel like a stranger because I am not a stranger.  I would encourage everyone to go back to their roots and be proud of who they are and where they come from. It doesn’t matter where you are in the World, just remember where you come from.

My mission in life is to bring positive change in people’s lives. I want to be a blessing not only to my country, not only to my continent but worldwide."

Previous Country of Residence: 
South Africa

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https://together.un.org            http://usaim.org/            https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org