When I finished university my main goal was to help Africa, to aid in its development in many different ways. I had the good fortune to discover Africa Volunteer Corps’ website where I read about who they are and what they do, and especially who they target. I was very interested in their work so I decided to join AVC. Being part of AVC has given me many new perspectives.
The NGO where I work through AVC is Upendo Artist’s Association, located in Rau, where my primary role is to help children from precarious environments (orphans and children whose parents have HIV) to gain education. Upendo Artist’s Association also helps women who are living in poverty.
I had never before had the experience of doing work like this but I love it because I am gaining knowledge about educating children and I get a lot of joy out of working with children. I believe that when my time with AVC is over, in one way or another, I will have been able to make a difference in the lives of children with whom I work, especially in terms of providing them education that they would not otherwise have gotten.
It is the responsibility of every person to help the community where they live, especially for we Africans to help Africa. We have seen that there are many children who lack food, shelter, and clothing. You or me, together we can help these children. We can give them whatever God has enabled us to give. Volunteer work is wonderful because you can learn a lot of things about your own community.
I would like to advise all Africans who have been touched and who have the desire to volunteer to help Africa: do not hesitate to do so. This advice is especially for university graduates, who have knowledge and many different abilities that they can use to help those in the community that are living in hardship. Let’s work together to improve our communities.