One wonders at the randomness of international development, when millions of dollars are wasted pussyfooting around government officials, who have already had no compunction about stealing from the poorest people to attain their position of power. Young people are not born corrupt and most naturally will graduate to doing good until they realise that selfishness is easier and, if you have a nuance of intelligence, then it will allow you to have an edge against others struggling to survive.
Of course, in Africa, this is not the only way to operate and everywhere you look you can find young people with ideas about how they might improve living standards in their community. My belief is that you must nurture this selflessness, show them others who have had similar ideas to them, link them up with organisations like IDE that offer practical solutions to living in poverty, give them the tools to evolve their vision and this is the main vision of the Butterfly North Project from Social Enterprise Africa CIC.
Peter is a normal boy who wants to be a doctor, but has had to struggle to be taught through Primary School. Now in Senior, the fees are more and out of the range of his mother, who is a war widow. This year he has been part of the Butterfly North, as he lives in a remote village in Northern Uganda and he has been thinking about how he might set about improving the lives of people in his village, as he grows up. This is his proposal, which is an example of some of the work done at the Chrysalis Centre and School. If you want to know how you can help, then write to us here:
MY PLAN TO IMPROVE LIVING STANDARDS IN MY VILLAGE
1ststep in the process
I will tour around the village and list out the problems I have observed.
Find out the possible solutions to the problem.
Discuss them with the village officials and leaders.
2ndsteps in the process
Find a place where I will hold the meeting.
Invite the village officials to the meeting
Discuss about the issues to prioritize.
Issue will be about what I have observed and what change I feel like need to be made in the society.
LIST OF THINGS (TOPICS) WE WILL DISCUSS.
The topic for the meeting would be “PLANNING FOR A BETTER FUTURE OF OUR AREA”
This topic will be discuss according to the situation (problems) affecting the village.
From there, the leaders will be appointed and their work will be allocated.
THE ACIVITIES WHICH WOULD BE PRIORITIZE IN THE MEETING.
1ST ___HUMAN RIGHTS
2ND ___CHILD LABOUR
3RD ___ AGRICULTURE
4TH ___ POVERTY
5TH ___AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURES LIKE WATER, UTILITIES,
This may comprise of children rights, women rights and rights for men. This activity would be prioritize because many women get a lot of abuse from their husbands in the village and some they can be hurt and this is because their husbands overdrink. So I will explain the important of human rights to them and they will also pass the same information to others and they will change.
Child labour is giving too much work to children i.e. more than he should do.(energy) and this may affect the health(physically). This will be included because child labor is highly practiced in the rural area. This can be solved by setting laws against child labour.
Poverty is a state of mind. It is cause by lack of knowledge. This is the reason that leads to the increase on the number of street kids in Uganda. If poverty is solved then the society will not have many problems. This can be solved improving on the agricultural sales to generate income.
Agriculture is the growing of crops and rearing of animals. This can be improving by growing of crops which can generate a lot of income. Such crops can include melons, eucalyptus, mahogany etc. when farmers produce the same type of, the market will reduce hence leading to lose or low price.
AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURES LIKE ROADS, WATER, UTILITIES ETC
Poor roads can lead to difficulties in transportation of goods which will affect supply. This can by improving by constructing better roads to the urban areas. If the transport is increase, the demand and supply will be improved.
|THE RISK INVOLVED
|IGNORANCE(LACK OF UNDERSTANDING)
Some don’t put into practice.
|LACK OF PRACTICE(FAILURE TO PRACTICE)|
|LACK OF HARDWORK(LAZINESS)|
|AGRICULTURE||CHANGES IN WATER FORECAST
FAILURE TO PRACTICE.
|OTHERS INFRASTRUCTURES LIKE ROADS ETC.||LACK OF APPROPIATE INFORMATION FROM THE REPRESENTATIVE(MP)|