Nothing less than “a very successful programme” comes to my mind every time I think of ASEC’s Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) programme. If there are lucky people in this world, count me as one of them. I cannot give back enough in exchange for the transformation I have received after completing an intensive 10-week training on financial management over the span of 3 years (2007 to 2009).
From the words of my facilitator, Victoria Mutiso, “make use of every opportunity that falls in your life”. I always listen to her powerful advice. My religious Superiors also have great appreciation for their decision to give me this opportunity. It has had a great impact on our Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna, and beyond.
People wonder how I keep warmth and joy while serving in the very demanding ministry of finance/accounting. In all honesty, I have enjoyed every bit of it! I always looked forward to everything. I look forward each day I go to the office and serve. As an evening student I look forward to attending lessons as well as returning home after 9:00pm nearly every day to meet my sisters. I always maintain a high level of enthusiasm and passion.
At the SLDI training workshops, I gained a lot of personal growth. I am able to see myself surrounded by the following:
- team spirit
- team work
- positive and negative feedback
- building self-esteem
- being dependable
- time management
- being a reliable steward
- being an effective communicator
- and many others
I am proud to mention without exaggeration that most of these attributes have turned my personality into what it is today.
Looking at what I do with the knowledge acquired during the training, someone may think that I have majored in project writing. I have gotten very involved in proposal writing. Receiving a response from a donor, whether positive or negative, just excites me. When the response is positive: I am happy for the success. When negative: I still appreciate that someone took time to read my proposal and took the time to respond to me. It also gives me a chance to improve what I failed to do correctly. Since 2009 I have written over 60 proposals, 75% of which have been successful. I still keep writing. I often contemplate whether to pursue project management as a career in my later years of life.
After the SLDI training I have also been doing very well in
- report writing
- report presentation (public speech, giving clarity on the subject matter)
- financial statement presentations
- working with computer (different programs like Word, Excel, Quick Books etc.), and
- informal mentorship to anyone who seeks my assistance.
In a recent workshop a student in our programme confessed “I didn’t know that Sr. Consolata is an accountant, I thought she has done social communication.” I appreciate that people create time to communicate to me and the best I can do is to be responsive. This has made me realize that a lot can be achieved through effective communication.
My motivation has been built in the following:
- To have a truck of record and see success come true
- To serve widely and become the person I desire to be
- To participate in improving the situations of other people (through projects writing and other guidance)
LONG LIVE ASEC's SLDI PROGRAMME