Gislaine’s Story

In 2016, when I joined the Global Give Back Circle – Girls Guiding Government Program, I was ready to learn much from it, and expected to gain more leadership, political and critical thinking skills. I knew that if I joined this program, I would be able to impact my community, no matter how young I was. Having been in the program for over a year now, I can say that the Global Give Back Circle – Girls Guiding Government Program has given me a platform to express my potential in various ways. It has allowed me to implement my Give Back Commitment and to give back to my community, and it has allowed me to share ideas with my peers, so as to address certain issues facing women and girls, and other issues around the world.

The workshops have met my expectations, and above all, my mentorship journey has made me who I am today. When we were assigned mentors, I wished for, and expected to be matched with a mentor from the US, Germany, or any other country from afar. When I looked at the mentors list, I was at first disappointed my mentor wasn’t from a far country. I admit, however, that I was wrong. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and as soon as I had read my mentor’s first letter, I learned not to judge at first sight; this mentor was meant for me.

Today, I realize how lucky I am to have Jessica as near as she is (she is from Kenya). Jessica holds tight our communication, and one of the things I surely enjoy is reading a letter from her. The sweet and encouraging words Jessica often writes shows her willingness to guide me through my leadership journey.

At the same time, I love the way Jessica is always eager to know what I learned and took away from each and every workshop. Beyond that, I never hesitate to share with her my personal issues, as I consider her advice precious. Unexpectedly, we share the same faith, Seventh-Day Adventists, and she often shares words that make me feel spiritually motivated.

Jessica has impressed me in all possible ways. I will never forget the day I met her for the first time in Kenya, where we had gone for the four-day 2017 Global Give Back Circle – Girls Guiding Government Conference and met our Kenyan sisters who are in the program. I had longed for that, and it finally came to reality.

Now, I look forward to us meeting again. Jessica is an inspiring woman, who represents her country, Kenya well, though I always remind her how much cleaner Rwanda is compared to Kenya! I always learn from her. She is social, caring and loving. She has become part of my life, a best friend, I can say, and I believe that our relationship will last for many years. I commit not to disappoint her, and I truly appreciate the time she invests in me, helping me to build my future as a future political leader, who wants to positively impact the lives of many people around the world.

– Gislaine