t is to emotionally put yourself in the place of another to identify with that person’s feelings and emotions.
Building a bully-free future means fostering empathy and compassion among young children. By fostering empathy it will increase the likelihood they will stand up to bullies and stand up for those who are being bullied. They are able to take the perspective of someone else and feel their pain or distress.
Just the same way we teach our kids from an early age to identify words and numbers and organize their play objects, we should also teach them to identify their feelings and emotions.
A lot of times kids are scared to report a bullying situation to their parents because they have not been given the tools they need to properly express their feelings. Communication lines are so tied, and parents are not so open to their kids.
Loving and empathetic parents are the best role models for children since they learn most of their traits from their parents.
A lot of people both young and old face bullying epidemic with cyber bullying on the rise. Bullying just seems to be a virus that is too difficult to eradicate in the world. Susceptibility to this has no exception, no doubt statistics shows that;
71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school,
90% of 4th graders report being victims of bullying,
30% of students are either bullies or victims of bullying,
1 in 7 students in grades k-12 either a bully or a victim of bullying.
We can go on and on with statistics but how can we combat this? What are we doing at community level and as individuals to ensure we have a bully-free world for us and the generation to come?
One of the things we hope to accomplish at the official launch of False Labels on July the 6th 2013 is to hold community conversation about bullying and self-esteem issues. There will be a panel discussion with community leaders to find the best ways of solving the problem of bullying.
And who else can better lead this discussion other than our very capable and powerful:
NAAIMAT MUHAMMED, youth and community champion in our community.
She is one of four candidates running for this office and the only woman. How brave and inspirational to A lot of girls AND women out there. No doubt she is the new song on the lips of all Africans in her community for her brevity.
Over the past three years as a Community Outreach Liaison for Council member Helen Diane Foster of the 16th Council District in the Bronx, she’s been able to mobilize the growing immigrant population (particularly the African and Muslim community) to be actively engaged in the civic process. Naaimat’s support for cultural diversity and inclusiveness has been a driving force behind her leadership. Working with families, schools, business owners, and community stakeholders has allowed her to identify key issues to address through policy, coalition building, and neighborhood programming. Best known for her consistent and informative communications to the community, she continues to be a source of vital information that connects constituents to opportunities. She has led, organized, and established credibility, which has helped identify her as a role model and inspiration to the youth and the community at large.
She represents diversity and adversity and achieved it with much perseverance. A woman on an empowerment journey who is willing and ready to lend her leadership to her youth, women in professions, the immigrant population, religious interfaith matters and ultimately, the pursuit of the American Dream.
I am so humbled, thankful and delighted to have your support on this empowerment journey that we all are on.
Miss Chichi Onukwe
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Marie-claire N kuja: An Inspirational story of Empowerment.
Bronx, New York, April 26, 2013, high profile women and men from around the state and beyond are on the top list of guests to officially launch Marie-claire N Kuja’s not-for-profit organization False Labels Global Inc. and her book series, the False Labels Series, on Saturday July 6th 2013 at Holy Rosary Church (Winster Hall) Bronx NY, 10469 from 7pm -2 am.
FaLaGl Inc.was established in 2012 in Bronx NY to combat the timely issue of bullying and its devastating effects in our communities and also to help women and girls worldwide with self-esteem building through education amongst other things. The night dubbed “Don’t Let People Label You” is expected to have community conversation with leaders and panel discussion with authors, teachers and students to find the best possible ways to combat the epidemic so as to create a safe and bully-free world for us and the generation to come.
Bullying in all its forms must stop once and for all. Back in 2012 nurse turned author Marie-claire after receiving a lot of rejection letters from publishers, turned to self publishing and published three books which soon climbed on Amazon Top 100 bestselling lists. Her provocative book series ignites the spirit of advocacy in readers, exploring empowerment, inspiration, bravery, peace of mind, forgiveness and hope. Through her writing, Marie-claire calls for advocacy to start from the home and at personal level.”It’s only in that way we can make peace with ourselves and learn how to accept and embrace our imperfections joyfully, completely and with pride”. She further shares a new vision of what must be done to live an authentic life instead of conforming to other peoples’ expectations of us or trying to fit in the status quo.
She is so delighted that a story like hers, a girl who was once considered an outcast could get so much support from everyone and get women, men and girls identify with it. This is a special night to speak, reflect, fund raise, take, give, hug, network and make a difference. We must instill a new culture of love, forgiveness, peace and harmony in our lives, communities and families.
As a teenage mother and victim of bullying, Marie-claire was not fully aware that there were millions of other women and girls going through similar situations. Once she realized the staggering number of women and girls suffering from bullying and low self-esteem, her anger was evoked to fight and stop the menace, a crime that has cost the lives of so many and leave a handful with very little or no self worth. She didn’t feel emotionally scarred only for herself but for the millions of other girls who remain invisible in the rumbles of death and low self-esteem. She was determined to break her silence and inspire millions across the globe to do the same. Rejection did not enslave her nor kept her a victim of her past, thus rather than stand by and cry over it, she took a self empowerment journey and turned her scars into stars by establishing her organization and is carrying it with passion which is fast becoming an inspiration to many globally, with her messages of empowerment engraved in the pages of her books spreading throughout the world. She with her NGO is making sure the whole world joins her efforts. Her story shows survival, triumph and empowerment of an African girl who refuses to let her life be controlled by others. And that is the story that women and girls and everyone needs to hear, that they can rise above any circumstance of oppression or abuse—That they can triumph.
Marie-claire will read excerpts from her books and answer questions, followed by panel discussions with community leaders, authors and students. The night ends with a fundraiser for the African Girls Self- Esteem and Education Fund, where guests will donate generously to support items like school fees for girls, the manufacturing of affordable reusable sanitary pads for school-going African girls, counseling and empowerment. Guests will have time to be cheered up to music by New York’s best Joe Ndams and personal testimonies from readers. The event is free but generous monetary donations will be highly appreciated.
Featured activities: Raffle draws and cutting of cake (African style)
About the author
Not long ago, Marie-claire Nabila Kuja, Founder and CEO of False Labels Global Inc. and author of the False Label Series, heeded to her calling and began to use her gift as an author/inspirational and motivational speaker to do the work God called her to do. She is a passionate speaker in numerous panels and workshops, primarily those devoted to the enhancement of self esteem of young girls and women throughout the world.
Her passion is to inspire, empower, encourage and motivate others to overcome any strongholds that have held them back for so long. She respects and embraces her calling as a true gift from God and is ready and willing to spread her wings throughout the world. She is a mother, a nurse, and the author of this powerful and best selling False Label Series. She is also a great blogger and blogs on inspirational and motivational topics at www.falselabelseries.com. She is originally from the African country of Cameroon and lives in New York.
Before she became a published author, she wrote and published very inspiring and motivating articles for an online magazine called Ezine:
Finance: Personal Finance • Published: May 28, 2009
Health and Fitness: Emotional Freedom Technique • Published: March 5, 2009
Women’s Interests • Published: March 5, 2009
Self Improvement: Personal Growth • Published: February 17, 2009
Self Improvement: Empowerment • Published: February 16, 2009
Home and Family: Pregnancy • Published: February 12, 2009
Her newest book projects are:
1) Women & Girls of Strength: A self –esteem workshop curriculum which will be used in schools, churches, colleges, and women’s ministries worldwide to help women and girls discover sparks of self worth in their lives.
2)Women Who Changed Africa: A ground breaking collection of biographies which is meant to showcase African women change makers worldwide, who are doing great things for the world and the African continent in particular.
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Miss Chichi Onukwue
World Partners for Development
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“If Time heals all wounds,” . . .
. . . why does mine feel so fresh and painful after so many years?” Why am I trapped into a false identity? Why do I still feel hurt from all the names I was called as a child? Why am I stuck in my past? Why do I struggle so much with low self esteem? Many ask these questions, but few get an answer. The False Label Series responds in a bold, practical, and strategic way. Since God loves us and is for us, and created each and every one of us so unique and special, and has a plan for our lives which is prosperity and not disaster, life can be a fun adventure, one we’re free to enjoy, not one requiring us to live in pain, bitterness and low self esteem .This series interacts with common questions, offers next steps, and simplifies complex ideas.
Since God loves us and is for us, and created each and every one of us so unique and special, and has a plan for our lives which is prosperity and not disaster, life can be a fun adventure, one we’re free to enjoy, not one requiring us to live in pain, bitterness and low self esteem .This series interacts with common questions, offers next steps, and simplifies complex ideas.
What is False Labels anyway?
It is a system that helps people reclaim their authentic power, evolve faster, heal, transform, and live satisfying, fulfilling lives.
False Labels is a new, truly revolutionary how-to book, for people like you and I who love the human potential movement and seek a game-changing approach to self-discovery, self-acceptance, love of life, and reality creation
It’s about those lies we are told by the people in our lives—mothers, fathers, brother, sisters, friends, teachers etc about who they think we are or what we ought to be. But because Only God determines our destiny and not man, we need to wear the labels He has for us like victor not victim, like unique and special, chosen, blessed, beautiful, etc.
If we are not standing for the right values and principle, that’s a lost for the world
There is no more appreciation for women intellectuals’ because it’s all about the body and not the brain.
Fl takes the stand that the media is portraying women’s primary values as their youth, beauty and sexuality – rather than their capacity as future leaders.
Women are brought up to be fundamentally insecure
Who are these books for?
Many want a healthy self esteem, fulfillment in their lives, active faith, many want to be set free from a stronghold that has held them back for so long, many want answers as to why they have been called all sort of names or labeled as not good enough, but feel ill-equipped to achieve that goal. The False Label Series is the perfect resource for people from all works of live who are struggling with low self esteem, those stuck in the pains of their past, those who have heeded to these false labels and have ended on the side lines of life, feeling washed out and drowning in self-pity and low self esteem
And those wandering why they are here on earth for. Whether you’re taking your first steps, gaining a big-picture overview of who are and your life’s purpose, or looking for fulfillment in your life, this series will help. It’s more than just a book. It’s a guide; not with instructions, but full of exercises. A book not only to read but to write in, like a journal with spaces for you to write your discoveries, to track your progress and to map your new path! A guide for you to experiment a set of different proposals which I drafted based on a lot of stories that I have compiled from my experiences and those of many others. All in all, I want the book to be a companion for you in your quest to design the life style that matches that of your dreams! They’re great books to read on your own, but they’re even better when read and discussed in a group.
Why self publish?
As the changing economy forces the publishing industry to morph, first-time authors face a growing challenge. If you’re not already well-known (i.e., have a significant ‘platform’), publishers are less likely to invest in you. It’s more economically feasible for them to publish a known commodity than the unknown lady. Well this unknown lady refuses to give up on a dream God has placed in her hands. That’s where you come in.
What have I done so far?
Sent out free copies of my books to people of all ages
Have been responsible for marketing and promoting my books and my presentations
Have attended the best women’s conference in New York
Have done presentations (speaking engagements) in churches and youth groups in New York where I leave.
Currently planning and working on offering one-day free workshops to girls in my community.
It’s been the most amazing self publishing two full books both of which have been best sellers on Amazon kindle, with the third book to be release in two weeks. But now is the time for me to boost up my exposure visibility and sales both on and off line. The thing is, I’ve spent ALL of my savings, all the money I get from my regular job as a nurse to get these books out. There are over 80% of people both young and old who are stuck in some identity they never asked for. There are an incredible number of teenage mothers around the world who have been considered forgotten. They need those methods and practices outline in these books.
This is where your help comes in.
Finding my true calling in writing and speaking has given me healing. It’s been a very therapeutic journey. But there is even something that will mean the world to me, getting these books and its message to those that need throughout the world
We are living in very difficult moment but it’s even tougher for young women and girls all over the world especially with the media’s definition of true beauty and with people in our live who have their own definition of who they think we are or what we should be. So many people both young and old are wrapped and caught up in these beliefs and trapped in trends and fashions that make them to act in different ways. Most people drift through life without knowing who they are or their life’s purpose. Every one of us has a story where we are walking around feeling limited or small or not good enough.
The False Label Series
-Re-defines beauty as not just a thing of mere looks but as something that comes from the inside out.
-A thing of not only our bodies but our brains.
-Teaches people from all works of life to find their inner strength instead of trying to fit into the status-Quo. No child of God is perfect so no need to fight to fit in or be perfect.Hey! Children of God don’t fit in, they stand out.
-The books will be used as a vehicle for hope, inspiration, encouragement and awareness.
-Women will begin to connect with God or deepen their current relationship with Him.
- This will result in a greater confidence, stronger self-esteem and the finding of purpose for their lives.
-Armed with that, women are less likely to fall into abusive relationships, depression, isolation, negative self-talk, sexual indiscretions or living up to the stereotypes of this world.
To break out of a barely get-by-life style and live your life to the fullest,
Stop going through life with self pity and low self esteem, focusing on the negative.
It teaches that we need to drop all those stories we have been told in order to become who God created us to be.
- To have courage to accept our imperfections and treat ourselves kindly
-To celebrate who we are joyfully, completely and with pride
-To know that God created everyone very unique and special
-To believe that we are God’s masterpiece and can brighten the whole world in and around you.
-And to believe we are enough because we are enough.
What I Need & What You Get
I feel confident that $11,000 can go a long way to making this thing happen.
And what is “This Thing”?
A book launch / fundraiser
Book Launch_________Fundraise____________Exposure__________speaking engagements and book signing events__________schedule events in cities where I have a following_____ run contests to increase the involvement of my community________and most especially get these books in the hands of people across this country and other parts of the world.
Obviously the more exposure I get the more opportunities I will have to speak, teach, travel, and be interviewed on the themes of this book. And these topics will help inspire the rebuilding of the social fabric of our country in ways that we desperately need in this day and age. Your financial support and your willingness to spread the word about this project will help me a great deal. You’re free to support at any dollar amount, but don’t miss the fun incentives for specific dollar amounts.
Here’s what we need and what you’ll receive:
Hall or event center =14,500
Books for fundraising =2,800
publiity, promotion and marketing=5000
Videographer /photographer to capture the event =1200
Food/drinks for quest =2000
Gift bags =500
Advertising; magazine, targeted audience four ads@1300
Total funds needed: $14,500
Tokens of Gratitude for your Support!
Choose from these expressions of appreciation for your generous support!
Priceless: My boundless gratitude for spreading the word about this campaign to family and friends! Please share the link to this page with everyone you feel might resonate with it.
$1 Donation: “The power of a dollar “A personal thank you email from me.
$5 Donation: A Fab Pack A personal “thank you” e-mail from me plus a bookmark.
$10 Donation: The Great Fab Pack A personal “thank you” e-mail from me plus a three autographed bookmarks .
$25 Donation: “The double Fab Package” An autographed copy of one book of your choice from the series,” written with your name and signed by me with a book mark.
$35 Donation:”The triple Fab Package” A personal thank you e-mail from me, autographed copies of two books of your choice from the series,”
$50 Donation: “The Goodie Bag “A personal “thank you” e-mail from me with me reply to a question of your choice about the teachings of The False Label Series. Autographed copies of three books (bookmarks) of your choice from the series along with a special “Recognition with a twist” package.
“The Gift Basket”
$100 Donation: A personal “thank you” e-mail from me with my reply to a question of your choice about the teachings of The False Label Series. Autographed copies of four books of your choice from the series along with a special “Recognition with a twist” package
$250 Donation: “A special Recognition Pack”A personal “thank you” e-mail from me with my reply to a question of your choice about the teachings of The False Label Series. Autographed copies of four books of your choice from the series along with a special “Recognition with a twist” package
$350 Donation:”A double Special Recognition Pack” A personal “thank you” e-mail from me with me reply to a question of your choice about the teachings of The False Label Series. Autographed copies of six books of your choice from the series along with a special “Recognition with a twist” package for gifting to friends or family members. Your name, listed as a Sponsors of the event and on the Acknowledgments page of my next book. (International, please add $30 for postage.)
$500 Donation: “A Triple Reco Package “A personal “thank you” e-mail from me with me reply to a question of your choice about the teachings of The False Label Series. Autographed copies of nine books of your choice from the series (three from each book) along with a special “Recognition with a twist” package for gifting to friends or family members. Your name, listed as a Sponsors of the event and on the Acknowledgments page of her next book. (International, please add $30 for postage.)
$1000 Donation:”The All Time Best Pack” A personal “thank you” e-mail from me with me reply to a question of your choice about the teachings of The False Label Series. Autographed copies of twenty books of your choice from the series (three from each book) along with a special “Recognition with a twist” package for gifting to friends or family members. Your name, listed as a Sponsors of the event and on the Acknowledgments page of me next book. (International, please add $30 for postage.)
There are several exciting projects in the works which will be funded with the help of any additional revenue that comes through this fund-raising campaign. They include:
I intent to offer monthly 1-day free workshops, for girls and women in my community beginning next year (2013). This will be a fun and excellent way to share our experiences, our wounds, our truths and our victories. Each 1-day workshop will end with a sharing salon where participants will share some of the lessons they learned from the series and from other participants at the workshop.
Would you be willing to help this girl who refuses to be average, who has a passion to make a difference, and who has a plan to help spread the message of community, belonging, forgiveness, love, the love of God and acceptance to more people in our country and the world?
A HUGE THANK YOU!!!!
Other Ways You Can Help
This project needs your word of mouth, so anyway you can spread the word helps. A post on FaceBook, a tweet, a comment on your favorite blog or even just e-mailing the link to this page to a friend can make a difference. Make some noise! You can use IndieGoGo’s share tools, which you will find just below the video on this page, or you can use your own. Thanks!
If you do make a financial contribution, once you receive your perks, please come back here and make your comments – that definitely helps.
Also, if you are insanely great at branding and design, professional translation, professional coaching, or marketing and publicity, and you would like to contribute that, I would be most honored to discuss that with you and find a win-win approach!
About me and the creation of the False Label Series
Two images from my childhood come rushing to mind when I think about the person I am today and why I am drawn to sharing my story with people all over the world. The first image was from the first time I was treated like an outcast and told by many that I will never amount to anything. Having a child as a teenager and out of wedlock is wrong but not as bad as to earn me the names I earned. The second image was from the way my son was treated. Not only did people call me useless for having a child out of wedlock, they transferred that unto to him and called him a bastard. That was so hurtful and destroying emotionally and completely damaged everything I ever had as self-worth.
Every time that I heard people call my son and I names, it reminded me of what I was not. During that period in my life I was uncomfortable, insecure and struggling. I was at war with myself .But one day, so tired of fighting with myself I decided to turn things the other way. I was determined to know why I was created and what my purpose in life is. While on a quest on finding out my purpose I started writing to myself (a journal). Gradually I noticed my journal was becoming a journey, not just a simple destination. They were real life happening at the moment. I’d completed two to three a week. They were thick and full and ripe with feelings and thoughts. Whenever I was down and read from my journals I felt like an angel was talking to me. It felt so uplifting. My own words became an inspiration to me. I was reminded of how important it is to believe in myself and remember that we are all created unique and special., I came to this wonderful self realization that I a masterpiece carefully handpicked by God. I am not a mistake, nor useless nor a failure, nor any of the other names I was called. I also realized I had to stand out instead of try to fit in. Then I decided to do what I am asking you today to do. To take off those old false labels and re-label yourself with what God says about you. He made you special and unique
People around me would read them and said: “Oh! I totally felt this way or I relate so much—”. I was fascinated with people’s truth, how they were perceived by others and how that didn’t necessarily jibe with what they felt. People would say: “you are so put together” but didn’t know what a struggle my life was. They also didn’t know how apart I was from myself. I wish there was a book like this when I was growing up. I had so many different struggles centered around negative belief system I had formed based on what other people said about me. This is a universal struggle. A friend who read from my journal related to my story so much. Then I decided to test it on girls from other parts of the world and they all related in one way or another. Then I knew I was not alone. I discovered who I am through this journey and what my true calling is on this earth.
I know women were relating to my daily struggles and triumphs as I walked with God. But how can we combat this? How can we empower our minds and spirits and the generation to come?
So the idea of having a strong voice became very confronting.
I made a pact to share my story with others because I believe only shared experiences help. I had to step out of my comfort zone and into a role I was unfamiliar with. Planning, writing and publishing a book on my own meant a very tough challenge in the real world, which was frightening at first, but once I gained confidence I embraced all challenges head on. So it was because of my own life’s challenges and experiences that I set out and swore to compile one of the best self-discovery frameworks I have ever seen. No ifs or buts. Why? Because I was fed up of—living my life based on what people thought about me. Personal growth is my passion, and I have looked at an endless amount of materials over the last seven years to confidently be able to make that statement. The series came to me synchronistic ally as I worked on my own life’s toughest inner challenges and experiences. And it rang true. And I tested and confirmed it against many credible sources.
In fact, I believe so much in this passion and the need for it in the world, that
I have decided to give this my full attention, answer my life calling (not just this book, but helping people reach their highest potential and live in harmony with Life).
The Ultimate Goal is…. /mission
Mission to help any girl who is on the verge of dropping out of school. Her goal: to provide them with social and financial support, enabling them to finish school and become leaders in their community.
No girl left behind because of names, or child birth, rape.
Anyways, when all is said and done, my target is to reach young women and girls from neighborhood in Bronx New York to the ones in the suburbs of Africa, India and Asia who have been considered the forgotten so as to help tip the scales and usher in a more compassionate world and one in which beauty in no longer defined based on physical appearance only but the what is in the brain. A world where people learn that they are ok just the way they are. By December 2013, my goal is to have directly or indirectly reached at least 13 million book readers, app users and movie viewers.
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