As an organization that facilitates dreams among young people; observing their potential unfold means the world to us. Feeling blessed to facilitate and see young people become MORE – more version of themselves, and are growing confident to engage in services that do not just feed their community, but their heart and soul. Today, I draw my energy from our current transformative leadership workshop with 48 students from Nzonda Haki Secondary School whose goals were to facilitate self-awareness, and inner transformation among young people together with building their capacity to transform their external world. - these kids are capable of something that I was not when I was at their age. Their dreams and readiness represents youth’s voice and their determination that should be tapped.

My co-facilitator Michael Mwaigombe leading the participants into an energizer in order to give our day a right rhythm.

My co-facilitator Michael Mwaigombe leading the participants into an energizer in order to give our day a right rhythm.

First the students shared their learning expectations including learning how to protect and nurture their dreams, build self confidence, and how to create a job out of their dreams. Then we took them through a series of activities for self-awareness, self-esteem, inspiring habits, leadership and power, personal resilience and perseverance. We also guided them through a dreaming and visioning reflection which helped them to establish new commitments.

“I gained confidence and encouragement. The learning about leadership has helped me a lot; in the past some people used to tell me that I am a leader and so I should run for a position, but I used to tell them that I am not a leader and I don’t have confidence. This year I am going to run for the election and I believe I will win the election because I have the confidence in myself and I believe in myself." 

“I gained confidence and encouragement. The learning about leadership has helped me a lot; in the past some people used to tell me that I am a leader and so I should run for a position, but I used to tell them that I am not a leader and I don’t have confidence. This year I am going to run for the election and I believe I will win the election because I have the confidence in myself and I believe in myself." 

One of the popular dialogues imaged during the workshop was on community service planning which brings together four different groups with four different project ideas persuading other groups to buy into their idea. The first group wanted all participants to teach the session on self-awareness to other young people living in the neighboring street – with the point that lack of self-awareness is the leading cause of unhealthy behavior amongst youth. The second group wanted to bring their service to sick people in the hospital, with the reason that sick people always needs extra support and that hospital is a place for everyone. The third group wanted to do the project a talent – with the point that there is a lot of talented youth who are doing nothing with their talent. The last group of which managed to persuade all participants to join them; their project idea was about creating safe learning environment by planting trees to protect their school environment from continuing erosion that is creating a dangerous valley around the school.

"School is one of my communities which I depend up on, and spend most of time at. Rescuing my school from a growing valley that is threatening the safety of all of us will not just save us, but also more students who will be joining this school after us. That is why I want our community service project in our school."

"School is one of my communities which I depend up on, and spend most of time at. Rescuing my school from a growing valley that is threatening the safety of all of us will not just save us, but also more students who will be joining this school after us. That is why I want our community service project in our school."

The workshop ended by each participants sharing with us what they are going to start/stop doing NOW in order to reach their goals and dreams. I hope you will be as excited as we were to hear their new commitments; the leading commitment was to study hard, followed by protection from peer pressure, to respect everyone, awareness in everything I do, prayer, Be honest, Believe in myself, Never give up, Relate well with people, Make good decision for myself, Be serious, time management just to mention a few.

I can’t wait to share with you the impact of community service project that these students will begin soon.

“What has inspired me from the workshop is ‘self-confidence’, I used not to have self-confidence but now I have self-confidence and that is why I can stand before you. But also, I would like to educate other students who do not know what we learned about in the workshop since now we are the mirror of this school."

“What has inspired me from the workshop is ‘self-confidence’, I used not to have self-confidence but now I have self-confidence and that is why I can stand before you. But also, I would like to educate other students who do not know what we learned about in the workshop since now we are the mirror of this school."

Special blessings to all RENEW friends whose actions makes these workshops possible. Sending a lot of love to Nzonda Haki students for sharing learning space with us; special thanks to Mr. Charles Mwasenga – second headmaster for Nzonda Haki and my former Biology teacher during my secondary school – his contribution in everything we do and his love to his students is substantial. I extend my appreciation to Humphrey Michael and Zawadi Mbembela for co-facilitating this workshop with me and Michael Mwaigombe. Your participation gave us more strength.

From the left is Michael Mwaigombe, followed by Mr.Mwasenga in black trouser, then Zawadi Mbembela, and Humphrey Michael.

From the left is Michael Mwaigombe, followed by Mr.Mwasenga in black trouser, then Zawadi Mbembela, and Humphrey Michael.

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