Have you ever walked down the street and you wish you have the means within your power to make life better for everyone? You get burdened seeing people suffer; you wish you could educate people on some of basic life-saving health tips that have been claiming lives due to ignorance on the part of the people…
We sometimes wish for things to get better but too afraid to act because of the fear of failure and sometimes for the fear of getting stigmatized by our loved ones and the society.
I once read a touching story, ‘MINGI’. A story similar to the killing of twins in Eastern Nigeria which was later stopped by Mary Mitchell Slessor. Mingi is an old tradition in Omo valley, Southwest Ethiopia which involves the ritual killing of kids that are believed to be cursed. Lale Labuko saw the need to end the tradition. He was able to rescue some of the condemned kids and together with Dr. Ivo they founded OMO; an organization that sees to the housing, catering and education of the mingi children. In July 2012, through the advocacy of OMO organization, the mingi tradition was finally stopped and since then the OMO organization has advanced to other parts of Ethiopia where the tradition is still in existence.
In 1997, a group of young people came together. They wished they could end the poverty in their neighborhood and also help to improve the housing condition of slum dwellers. They got a plan mapped out in order to make it a reality. They raised awareness about it and got volunteers to work with them and also with the help of the slum dwellers. That same year, they were able to build 350 basic in Chile and today they operate in 19 different countries. They are the popular TECHO group of Chile.
Polio case in Nigeria is worrisome. A disease which should have been a thing of the past. The security challenges in some parts of the country with ignorance on the part of the people continue to deter the total eradication of polio. Nigeria needs more people that are willing to be of service to their communities and enlightened the people on the need for improvements around them. The case of polio needs the involvement of trusted locals to make sure everyone in their community understand the need for polio vaccination and encourage parents to get their children vaccinated.
In 1998, an estimation of about 7 million Nigerian kids were believed to be out of primary school. Most people believe that education can only be gotten through school. There are stories of great people today that never attended school or dropped out from school but were taught to read and encouraged to be open minded in learning. Their open mindedness in exploring other skills with the thirst for personal developments helped them in standing out in their field. Such is what is needed in our society. The children can be assisted to read and be taught other basic things of life. Nigeria economy is in dire need of future leaders who are more than ‘book education’ but people with open mind to explore and hungry for economic development and change.
A lot can be achieved around us if the spirit of volunteering can be imbibed by all. The world is in dire need of passionate and selfless people that are ready to impact lives and bring about a change around them.
With it, we will leave the world a better place than we met it.
Dream it…..Act it!