About!

 It is a new day to start fresh and continue to DREAM BIG!

 I was always a big dreamer and I do mean BIG!

I wanted to save the people of the world from all the evil-doers on EACH and EVERY CONTINENT while never missing a day of Saturday Morning Cartoons all before the age of 10!

Crazy right?!

Even though it was far-fetched, I still (sort of) hold to that dream…

Well, let me introduce my myself!

Hi! My name is Krystal and I am my community.

Fascinated with my strange hair!  -Villas del Carmen, Panama-

Fascinated with my strange hair!
-Villas del Carmen, Panama-

I absolutely love experiencing different cultures and learning from people in order to care for our people, our communities.

Currently, I am an International Consultant working on maternal & child health, reproductive health, and international development issues. I intend to share the knowledge I have acquired as a technical advisor working in under-served communities to strengthen community programs and services.

(Feel free to donate to assist these communities – see the Donate Button on the top right)

As I mentioned before, my BIG DREAM growing up was to save our people from all evil-doers. I had no idea how I would accomplish that goal, and I am still trying to figure out how to reach it (well… not all evil-doers anyhow). One thing I have observed working in under-served communities is the importance of formal education, reproductive health, and community mobilization.

All three of these components determine the health of our communities. The more education we receive, the more equip we are to care for ourselves and our communities. As we become better equipped with the skills we need to make informed decisions, the more control we have over our personal reproductive health. That includes decision making such as family planning; WHEN and HOW we wish to have sexual experience(s); and the knowledge to protect our health; and/or routinely get screened and treated for STIs including HIV/HPV. The more we feel in control of our lives, the more we begin to care for our surroundings, neighbors, and communities. As communities, we begin to feel solidarity for one another, and as one unit, we seek justice for our people.

If I had to describe my Big Dream in one phrase, it would be ubuntu ungamntu ngabanye abantu.

or simply: Ubuntu |oo-buun-tu|

An African proverb that has a few meanings, depending where you are on the Continent:

“I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.”

“People are people through other people”.

“I am what I am because of who we all are.”

Hence the nickname I have adopted: Ubuntu~Krystal

It feels like a statement is directed towards me every time I hear it:

“I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours, Krystal.”

“People are people through other people, Krystal.”

“I am what I am because of who we all are, Krystal.”

A constant reminder that we are shaped and molded by our environments, family, friends, and other social interactions (or lack of thereof).

My two favorite explanations of Ubuntu is by Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela:

“My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up in yours. We belong in a bundle of life. I am a human because I belong. A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good; for he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are.”

~ Desmond Tutu

“A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects.”

~Nelson Mandela

(View the video of Mr. Mandela here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HED4h00xPPA)

Ubuntu does not mean that people should deprive themselves of selfish moments. It simply challenges your perspective on–your–definition of community.

With that being said, I chose to be B.O.L.D and embark on this journey to truly understand what it means to be “my community.”

B.O.L.D.

BUILD our communities to OBTAIN opportunities to LEAD our people to DEVELOP a healthier future.

This is my Big Dream and one day I WILL get my answer.

{ Did I mention I still watch cartoons \( ^_^)/ }

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward sharing this journey with you!

Ubuntu~Krystal

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