Aen's Blog

ITV interview with Abdul Manack - ex Spring Bok cricketer with a giant heart and energy for making a difference particularly to the youth. What an amazing opportunity to speak to the Muslim community in South Africa - thank you Abdul, you are a star and thank you for the wonderful work that you do to make a difference

I was honoured to spend the day with the wonderful children, teachers and helpers at the Educate-Me project in Eltalbyia, on the outskirts of Cairo. It started with a chance meeting and a simple act of kindness, from founder and CEO Yasmin Helal, to pay one little girl's government school entrance and tuition fees, amounting to 100EGP. From there, the idea of creating Educate Me came and is now serving over 200 children, some of whom would otherwise fall through an educational system gap, and it started with next to no money and a lot of heart. What an inspiration! It proves that it's not money we need to make a difference in this world and live our legacy.

They had just started a new class for 9 to 15 year olds who for various reasons did not make it into the local secondary school. I spent the afternoon with them and fell in love with every single one of the children and was so impressed with the teacher, Amearah, who had chosen to leave what might seem to many a very comfortable life with her family in the U.S., to teach there.
Amearah's commitment showed in her dedication and patience with the children, I was totally inspired by her example and the children's willingness. It was very tough to leave them for my lift home that afternoon.

The very next day I phoned to ask if I could come back to teach the children their English vowels, I noticed that they were struggling to remember the shapes and had created an idea for a lively, interactive and hopefully memorable class to help them have fun and remember the vowels and their shapes.

A week later I was teaching them and what an afternoon it was. I had prepared what I thought was a 90-minute class of telling them funny stories about a word that had each vowel in and then they would write out the vowel. Well, the writing was slow going so, with the permission and blessing of the teacher we took the whole afternoon. The children seemed to love it and did not want to go home or me to leave. It was such a hit that the founder Yasmin sent me a message the following day to ask me when I was coming back.

That was almost three months ago so after a trip to the UK and then South Africa, I am so excited to be back in Egypt and to arrange my follow up class. Maybe I can create an experiential game for them to have fun and have a better chance of retaining what they are learning.

What an awesome eight and a half weeks I have had in South Africa. I love this rainbow country. Its people and their warm open hearts and energy, its geography and the stunning variety of scenery and landscape, its willingness to be constantly learning and enabling and its hunger for opportunity and prosperity for all.

My heart feels wide open with the intention to return and the commitment to make a difference. I thank you for the opportunities that came my way, the wonderful friendships and the beautiful rhythm in my heart.

Here are some of the highlights:

ITV interview with Abdul Manack - ex Spring Bok cricketer with a giant heart and energy for making a difference particularly to the youth. What an amazing opportunity to speak to the Muslim community in South Africa - thank you Abdul, you are a star and thank you for the wonderful work that you do to make a difference

Koffiffi Radio interview with Zunaid Mohidin - serial entrepreneur and great business mentor. This was my first time on radio and inshallah the first of many to come. Thank you for the opportunity to address an amazing community and I am looking forward to running an active enablement workshop for the listeners on my next visit

Speaking at the Coaching Dream Team JT Foxx event - being coached on a one-to-one and group
basis by top class coaches, JT, Marco Roberts, Jason Gilbert (my amazing coach) and Cherie Eilersten, along with a wonderful bunch of fellow students was awesome; getting to speak to them and introduce my Creating and Planning a Strategy for Life programme was invaluable. I love you all, thank you, I learnt and implemented some great ideas both from the coaches and fellow students and it is an honour and a privilege to have some of you as my clients

Speaking at NAC in Johannesburg - sharing the stage with three coaches who have had a major impact on my life Andy Harrington, Clinton Swaine and JT Foxx, was a wow experience and an amazing opportunity, the best speaker training I have ever had. Thank you JT Foxx

Creating a new Strategise My Life™, Home Study for Action Course, "Creating My Strategy and Plan for Life™" - putting my heart and soul into what I totally believe in and sharing it with others to help enable them to live the life that they were born to live and get what they truly want from life, is the ultimate fulfillment for me. Using an action-packed planning method in the five Life Vital Areas™, my intention in creating the material that the home study course, and upcoming workshops are based on, is that each and every one of you feel and use your uniqueness to make a difference in your life and that of others

Speaking at the National Sea Rescue Institute Gala Dinner - having an opportunity to speak at this event was a pleasure that was created by Abdul Manack's wife, Rhona Manack who works tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for the institute. As I listened to the story of how the institute was started and some rescue stories, I felt that each and every one of the men and women that put their lives in danger to save others are living the lives that they were born to live. I shared my story of survival from the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and how it was years later before I allowed it to open the door to living the life that I was born to live

Speaking at the Branding and Marketing JT Foxx event - I spoke and connected with amazing people. Thank you for all the wonderful feedback and for your friendship and patronage, it is an honour and a privilege to have an opportunity to make a difference in your lives

One-to-one consulting with my new clients in South Africa - this is what I was born for, the opportunity to make an active difference in a person's life and help enable them to feel and be the unique and extraordinary person that they were born to be, live that the life they were born to live, and have all that they truly want from their life

Thank you South Africa and see you soon.