photo courtesy of Arthur Natoyim

Starting out in a new place


Never give up the path of happiness in any circumstances. I'm glad to be a part of the history of IVEP. Each second of this program is full of value and of cheerfulness. Certainly, you know what we call ABCD of IVEPers? If not, here we are:


Ability of Building a Community Disconnected. By the way, let's ask you some questions.

Do we need to please the world or to be pleased by our sphere or both?


"I want to start by telling you a short story that I had had with my workplace. In orientation we were told all the time that one of the best ways to show respect here is to honour people's time and arrive to work on time- even early. My goal was to break the stereotype that IVEPers are always late....but things went horribly wrong!"


At St. James, my workplace, we begin the work at 9 a.m. I usually wake up at 5 a.m. That day, I woke up at 8 a.m. without noticing that my watch was in advance of two hours - that is to say, I woke up at 6 a.m. I called my manager to let him know because I was about to be late. At the time of calling he was in his bed and then I called the office but no answer. I left a message to both. When I reached St. James at 7 a.m., I stayed an hour and a half to wait and nothing happened, the door still closed. It was strange for me that nobody came. I finally decided to go back home at 10:30 a.m. but in reality, it was 8:30 am. Once home, I called again to ask what was going on. The manager let me know that they do not close the office – maybe I was at a bad address. I went back to St. James and then they checked the time when I called, and they found out that it was at 6 a.m. I want to put you in the picture by saying that we do not plan to fail but we fail to plan, however, let our failure become a key of our success. May the powerful hands of God be upon you!