I stepped of the aeroplane at Heathrow terminal 3 at the age of 18yrs old fresh from Zimbabwe with a bag full of bright clothes and big dreams. England would give me the opportunities to be great, change the world for the better and perhaps go back home and impact the country I loved. I would marry a great guy, have kids and have a huge career in fashion and beauty.
As I found myself approaching the doors of the shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse i felt out of my body and could hear in the distance a disconnected voice that said "Well done for being brave" How I longed to hear those words yet they sounded as though from a distance. All I heard was the pouring rain. With my 3yrs old son who just wanted to go home. We checked into a cold cold flat, rusty pots and only the cans of food left for us by the local church. I was sure I wouldn't make it until I met the lady upstairs would husband tried to strangle her to death. She was pregnant with their second baby and the girl whose husband had used her head as a mop before the police came in.
Its the strength and comfort they found in me that most surprised me and before long my room was full of grieving women compelled to me for strength and comfort. Because of them I made it. When I left the shelter women everywhere I went would gravitate towards me when they were hurting and confused. So 'Chengi's World' was born on YouTube to reach every woman who needed me in a way that was light hearted and authentically me. The dream is to create an online platform to meet and encounter women all over the world and create a community that is accessible to every woman vulnerable or not. In order to do this I must take six months out of work to focus. The money will be used to start an online campaign, buy filming equipment and pay my rent and bills so I can work on the content and production until the project is self funding and I can build better and more shelters for women all over the world. That's the dream.
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