Last week i had the chance to meet with the enthusiastic students of the MADI Club at Wiggins Secondary School Kumi, to listen to their plan for a sanitation outreach initiative in Kumi. The students will commit themselves to an all-day cleaning exercise including the local health center, streets, and their school grounds. The exercise is meant to sensitize the public about the importance of a clean environment and a healthy life style.
During this campaign, the students will seek to talk to the locals, pass out fliers, and present a skit about the different options and the need to keep homes and surrounding areas clean. The Kumi City Council will be partnering with MADI to support this activity by providing a truck to haul and dispose the garbage collected.
It is time for Africa to wake up from its slumber and start thinking about community building and investing for the future. These students are an example of such calls and it is our hope and prayers that it will mark the beginning of a new era at least in the city of Kumi where communities invest in clean and healthy environment. Please show your support for the youths. They are the vehicle for sustainable change that Africa, and in this case Uganda, is so desperate for.
For many years people have imprisoned themselves in their mindset. Circumstances have caused millions in this continent to simply accept the status-quo acknowledging that poverty is the way of life. Instead of utilizing the scarce resources to make life better, they fail to do so because their ability to think outside the box have been chained in a prison cell of which they have the keys to unlock.
Little gestures like cleaning up the community’s environment by young people is meant to indicate to the public in these region that yes, we can do better if we put aside our egos and selfish ambitions, looking ahead for better tomorrows not only for thier generation but for those generations to come. Then Africa will begin to have the hope that someday they will break free from the chains of dependency and start creating resources and wealth to self sustain. These young men and women at Wiggins understand this concept and will like to prove it. They are the hope for Africa’s future and we can never go wrong to nurture and support them.