Day in the Life of … Odiline
In this time of a worldwide pandemic Female Wave of Change shares the stories of women from all over the globe. How are they experiencing and dealing with the Corona challenge.
This is the story of Odiline.
“My name is Odiline from Zimbabwe and am a member of the FWoC. I have a soft heart for women and the children—babies to youth ages!
Everything was put on hold
Before the lockdown was announced by the President I had six (6) training sessions booked and two major events I was organizing, two awards events I had been booked to be the director of events and two speaking bookings. After the announcement, everything was put on hold—some cancelled and some postponed. Being a mother of two youths children who are not working, the lockdown was a blow but I had to accept it as our safety was more important.
Free coaching and mentoring
I have now started free coaching and mentoring of school children, college and university students using a WhatsApp Group. Besides doing something positive in the Covid-19 era, I am building relationships as these are my future customers.
COVID-19 is affecting the norms and culture
The day after the announcement, my neighbor died. The wife died five months ago and all the children work outside the country. At least the eldest had visited before the lockdown. In our Zimbabwean culture, it is difficult not to attend a neighbor’s funeral but only 40 people were supposed to gather. I had to visit the family in the morning to pass my condolences. I found it very difficult not to handshake or hug (as the norm) the son and other family members. One elderly woman could not understand why people were refusing to handshake her at a funeral. Covid-19 is affecting the norms and culture.
Staying at home or no food on the table
I then decided to visit the high density suburbs and rural areas to find out how people were taking the Covid-19 and the lockdown. In high density suburbs, (up-to now) think the Covid-19 is for the rich and famous and will not affect them. So they are not observing the social distance and sharing of utensils. The rural people (where I visited) think Covid-19 is for the city people and will not affect them. They are finding it difficult not to handshake or to keep the distance because of the culture. Where I live, it is difficult for people to stay home as most of the people work for themselves. If they stay home, it means no food on the table. Hunger kills, Covid-19 kills—people are now weighing the options. People are opting to work for the food as Covid-19 may not affect them.
It is a difficult time for the poor who live from hand to mouth. It is a challenging period for both entrepreneurs, and businesses as the future is not known. How will people run businesses, and live post Covid-19? My prayer and hope is that this Covid-19 will come to an end soon and normalcy returns!
Female Wave of Change has kept me at high spirits
On a positive note, FWoC has kept me in high spirits and with a positive mind. The love and oneness shared in the group is amazing! I am proud to be a member of Female Wave of Change!