(CWA) Conference on World Affairs
When organizations, governments and citizens of both gender and different age groups get organized to undertake community service on socio-economic activities; the world will undoubtedly change for the better. On April 10th 2015, this topic was discussed at the 67th Annual Conference on World Affairs. Having participated in the conference, Agile-International felt the need to give their take on this important topic.
Agile-International has notably contributed to changing the world through service by engaging in the activities of empowering women in Timbuktu, Mali. These activities have seen the women of Mali benefit from land ownership and education on modern farming. In return, children have been enrolled in school with no discrimination of gender or age. These positive benefits of NGO funding witnessed in West Africa eventually drive the citizens to take bigger initiatives in service. For example, the partnership of Agile-International and women of Mali have motivated actions for changing the world through service such as environmental protection, poverty alleviation and improvement of literacy levels.
Another example of an organization changing the world through service is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A senior student from MIT recently designed a wheelchair for the physically disabled business people of Tanzania. The wheelchair is equipped to perform the functions of a portable office having been fitted with a collapsible desk and storage drawers under the seat as well as an umbrella for shelter. This wheelchair enables the disabled to conduct their businesses with much ease while maintaining the professional ethics of business.
The MIT engages thousands of students every year in projects of service for improvement of their leadership skills as well as changing the world through service. The students have also recently participated in the establishment of an entrepreneurship program in the Philippines aimed at restoring coral reefs and developing medical devices. There are many more examples of organizations focused on changing the world through service but the underlying factor is the feasibility of the same. Large corporations have established foundations to nurture projects of community development across the globe through service.
Even governments have realized the challenge posed by not participating in service. For example, the Republic of Rwanda headed by President Paul Kagame has developed a culture of keeping the country clean by sparing every last Saturday of the month to clean up the streets of Kigali and other towns across Rwanda. This initiative is usually led by the president himself and it has been made mandatory that all citizens of Rwanda will close businesses to participate in a few hours of this vital service. The results of this initiative have been very positive to an extent that neighboring East African nations began pushing for similar cultures to be embraced in their countries.
Agile-International will continue to spearhead programs aimed at enriching the society especially in Mali and West Africa through service. There is no doubt that a decade later, the whole world will experience a robust change in livelihood as well as enrichment of the environment specifically resulting from service. Having a changed world through service is an integral part of Agile’s mission towards the full realization of empowered women and children in Mali and West Africa.
By Leshao Ole Lekasi – Blogger at Agile-International