Evaluate Yourself, Be an Agent of Change

Quite often people tend to forget who they are and their worth to live. There’s a common question teachers used to pose to pupils back in Primary school – why do you eat? These were free marks to every pupil (we [i] eat to live). But when a teacher twisted the question to “why do you leave?,” you can imagine what the answer was (we leave to eat). Hopefully this is not why you live.

Following the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which claimed over one million innocent lives, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) embarked on the reconstruction of the state institutions, reconciling and uniting Rwandans and giving hope to survivors and the other citizens who had spent years wandering as refugees, to give them a reason to live.

About twenty years later, Rwanda is recognized internationally as one of the fastest developing states, and a country where people feel safe and secure.

Whereas the GoR did (and is still doing) all it can to avail facilities to help its citizens prosper, support their families, there are some people who are yet to get out of their shelves to utilize these opportunities.

Access to finance has been eased, the unprivileged helped to go to school (12YBE), the poor supported (UBUDEHE, One cow per household, shelter) and security is the order of the day.

This, therefore, leaves the community challenged…on how these facilities have been put to use.

Yes, the GoR has been recognized, but what is your contribution towards this path? Which step have you taken to develop yourself and your family? Are your children in school?

What is your contribution to the development of your community, including ensuring own security? Do you know your neighbor and the challenges they face and what have you done? Evaluate yourself.

The year is ending. Look back and see what you have achieved and set future targets. Challenge yourself. Be an agent of change. Don’t lag behind.

Security starts with you by sending your children to school, by being part of community policing, know your neighbor and advise them on how to live together in harmony, if they are having some wrangles;

By not sending children to school means promoting illiteracy and these children will in turn be drug dealers or consumers, thieves, etcetera.

Zig Ziglar, an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker once said “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”


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