Well, I first came to know about One African Child through the Opportunity Desk. At that time, Victoria Ibiwoye had been featured as the person of the month. Reading her story, I was so inspired by her efforts to change lives in her neighborhood, one child, at a time. I realized that one does not need to touch the lives of masses in order to bring change in our communities rather, impacting one person at a time means a lot. As they say, the rest is history, we now have vibrant, innovative volunteers here in Kenya doing a great job in advancing access to quality education to all. From painting classrooms to having one-on-one sessions with school children in various schools to providing learning materials and stocking a library just to mention a few impactful projects that have been undertaken to promote learning among children.
It is during these sessions that my love for children has found a place of expression and I have learned great lessons from them. I can confidently affirm the very words of Paulo Coelho that a child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he or she desires.
Despite the poor background of the children our work is impacting, their happiness, courageousness, and the zeal to always learn strikes me. On the contrary, they seem to have mastered the art of taking each day as it comes, an element that I am now learning to inculcate in my life.
My experience with children has taught me that investing in them early will significantly shape their future in terms of values we inculcate in them. Children learn more from what they see the adults doing rather than when we just teach them. For these reasons, having them participate in our activities as part of learning has proven to bring out their innovativeness given their unique perspective of issues. I have learned to appreciate the uniqueness of each individual child; one may possess strength in one aspect over the other but that does not mean they are failures.
Through One African Child, my journey working with children is fulfilling. It is synonymous with serving the future that you will not be there to live but the values and ideals will be alive through them. Every day we encounter new challenges but equally am proud of the work we are doing in raising a generation that are problem solvers, critical thinkers, and innovative who are part of the solution.