My name is Melita Mamosuwa Matenchi and I have many roles. I am a born-again Christian, a wife, a sister, a mother and a child. I come from a family of four girls, and grew to address everyone in my space as part of my family. I am passionate about teaching, living up to my name, Mamosuwa, meaning female teacher. I am a writer, a poet, I love public speaking and I have come to realize that all of the above depend on the effort you put into them. So I read and like to research mostly about things which fascinate me in life like the process of life and religion.
How Accenture supports me
I have a hearing impairment, and it is important that others are aware of this. When I joined the company, Accenture conducted disability sensitization workshops for employees here in Johannesburg. These workshops assisted me and my colleagues to be able to communicate better regardless of my disability. As a result of this training, my colleagues now ask me to repeat after them to make sure I had heard what they were requesting – and they are patient with me.
I hope that Accenture will continue to have the sensitization workshops on a more regular basis. When I first started working here, everyone was aware of my condition and communication was not difficult. However, I have changed roles, and it can be overwhelming to explain my hearing impairment again to everyone, especially in meetings. I also believe that the workshops help others to open-up about their disabilities.
"The best thing that you can do for the person next to you, regardless of their condition, status and level, is to treat them as you would like them to treat you."
Everyday challenges and how I overcome them
Detecting where the sound or voice is coming from is a significant challenge. In most environments, I look around often for any reaction that I might get from people and react to that. It is also difficult to understand speech when someone is speaking fast. Accenture is an environment where individuals communicate effectively, and eye contact is key to that. I read lips, so it’s quite easy for me to transfer the spoken words when there is eye contact.
My advice for others
One quote which drives my actions is: “There is hope for a tree that has been cut down even if its root stems dies in the ground, but with water it will sprout like a young plant” (Job 14:7). This applies in my community work, where I meet with individuals who are using drugs and have lost hope. I motivate them to rise above their current state of life.
Both in and outside the office, the best thing that you can do for the person next to you, regardless of their condition, status and level, is to treat them as you would like them to treat you. Give them what you would appreciate receiving from them. Love your neighbor as yourself."Disability is a gift… Unchosen yet given Unpaid for, but received Unexpected but present Known when unwrapped Used when received Cherished when accepted Its journey builds memories Change your perspective"
- A poem by Melita Mamosuwa Matenchi, 2015