Today we’re celebrating International Youth Day and what better way than to highlight how young people from around the globe are working together to bring about social change.
For a first hand account, we’ve asked city boy, Onesphore Dushimirimana to give us a lowdown on taking part in Tearfund ICS in his home country of Rwanda, earlier this year.
It was fantastic to work within ICS. Working with UK volunteers helped me to improve my relationship and communication with people from different cultures, which in turn helped our team to achieve more success.
Through local host partners I was proud of helping poor communities, living and working alongside local people on projects of lasting value which ensured me that even youth can make change in the society.
Some of our projects were in Kigali suburbs. We helped the farmers to plant, cultivate and water crops. We also provided for them different trainings on family planning, hygiene and sanitation, English and ICT lessons etc.
For primary schools we helped teachers to teach students and train teachers in ICT and English lessons which were more helpful to their daily activities at school.
My primary highlight was helping those in need by teaching new skills or by recommending resources that allow them to care for themselves or work to overcome setbacks.
Another thing I learnt through ICS was to be the best I can be and to do the best I can do to challenge myself to change my world.
I was also proud of making ICS awareness in the community where I belong through different media channels.
There were so many benefits to do ICS; I become an active citizen, I developed personally, I made positive impact within communities, I become more integrated in the community.
My next step is to help those in need, together with my fellow ICS volunteers, with the aim of making a positive change in the community.
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