Princess Tessy of Luxembourg
Everyone has a guardian angel inside them. Being the agent of change in a community, one does not need to be a celebrity, a famous businessman or businesswoman, or even royalty. For me personally, a guardian angel is someone who understands the needs of his or her community and acts accordingly. I meet guardian angels throughout the day, every day. It could be the barista who makes my daily coffee and asks how I am, not knowing that this little conversation could be very comforting after a long night or stress at work or a fight at home – whatever the situation may be.
To give a personal example, it gives me great joy to help women globally, with whatever resources and time I can provide them with. I must admit that I do feel from time to time like that one little guardian angel, who brings joy into people’s lives because of what I do for others. The letters, emails, social media messages and comments in the street I receive because of my work are very humbling, and I truly believe that everyone can be a guardian angel for someone.
We are all needed – no matter how small the task is – to make a difference in other people’s lives every single day. Don’t be afraid to be that pillar of hope for your loved ones, your friends, and your community. As they say: “It takes a village to raise a child.” So imagine what it takes to raise a nation. Therefore, I urge us all to be guardian angels to at least one person whenever we are able. If we set the framework, others will follow.
Next up is Investing In Women’s special guest of honour, Princess Tessy – once again setting a great example. As a mother of two boys Gabriel (13) and Noah (11), Tessy fosters an environment of curiosity towards social responsibility and charitable work, as she believes this will stimulate the development of her children’s personalities, knowledge, and drive for social justice. As for when her sons’ journeys began to try making a difference, Noah was just six when he advocated for older children to clean up after themselves so that their waste does not negatively impact the less fortunate.
Both of Princess Tessy’s sons also display generous spirits as they donated all of the gifts they received from their Holy Communion ceremonies to charities of their choice. Gabriel donated to children who are raised by guardians rather than parents, and Noah donated to a refugee shelter in Luxembourg to refurbish a playroom for the children. To read more on Princess Tessy, please visit Investing In Women’s website and refer to the Guardian Angel of The Day section of this edition.
There are many more examples of mothers and parents in general who encourage their children to give back. Whether it’s Dr Anita Dasilva-Ibru (one of Investing In Women’s judges and an IIW Wonder Woman) and the WARIFWalkers, a group of women and teenagers, including her own children who successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2018 in support of the WARIF Educational School Program (quite an epic expedition for children); or Jubie Wigan who organised a sponsored dog walk in aid of Sugarplum Children (£7500 raised, 200 dogs, 450 people), prompted by her daughter Aliena’s own idea; or Emma Nwawudu, a photographer and designer of Nigeria-themed gift items, who’s now UK-based but decided to support causes in Nigeria with her daughters via the Zi_To_Be initiative (the name is an amalgamation of her three daughters’ names and they produce hand-made gift items and proceeds of sales go towards educating girls), there’s something for everyone.
Regarding charity work with her kids, for example during the last Christmas season, Emma and her daughters created handmade wreaths for sale. They connected with the British Women’s Group in Nigeria and proceeds from the sales enabled them to sponsor three children for the duration of their primary education.
The key in all of this, I believe, is to follow your heart, your passions, do what excites you, and you never know how far – or how high – your kindness will take you. You can find out more information about the work of these amazing mothers and their children, and if you’d like to support them, please visit the following websites at:
http://picdeer.com/zi_to_be (EMMA); http://warifng.org/2018/09/06/the-warifwalkers/ (WARIFWalkers); and https://sugarplumchildren.com/the-sugarplum-sweatshirt/ (SUGARPLUM)