Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Name: Tobi Eyinfunjowo
From: Greenbelt, Marylsand
Grade: 2016
School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Votes: 0



 Who would ever know Bottle caps could ever help build a wheel chair for
people who are disabled, or a loaf of bread could safe a child dying
of starvation, or even educating young children about deadly
infections and viruses could prevent a teenager from becoming the
next victim of HIV/AIDS. In this world we live in not all hands are
equal, meaning some people are less privileged than others. It is the
duties of those who live a standard lifestyle to help those in need,
a lesson I learned in my trip to Nigeria in Africa.  I travelled
to Nigeria to visit my cousins in the year 2013; they were part of a
voluntary service educating young children on health issues and
consequences of unwise actions. As most people should know Nigeria is
now the country with the second highest number of people infected
with HIV and AIDS.

After learning the importance of helping and educating these young
children, I decided to stay in Nigeria for 3 years and go to school
there, engage in more community serve and help educate young on the
importance of abstinence and the use of condoms, basically sex
education generally. I dedicated 2 hours on weekdays and an hour on
weekends which equals to sixty-two hours a week, although this really
took much of my time I was satisfied and never complained because I
was making a big difference in the life of young children. The
knowledge I had given them impacted their life positively, and it can
also make a big difference by reducing the number of people catching
deadly viruses. I spent a year educating young people and then moved
on another mission, which is recycling.

Nigeria is a country that isn’t used to recycling, most recyclable
materials are throw on the floor which really litters most parts in
Nigeria. Although the littering can’t be stop in the whole of
Nigeria, my cousins and I decided to write posters and stick them on
churches, schools in our community and (we asked for permission
nothing illegal).The posters educated the people on the importance of
recycling and the effects of littering. This project took a lot of
time and money which means we had to contribute money from our own
pockets and sometimes asked our parents to help, this showed my
parents how responsible and hardworking we were. On May 27
2014 my cousins and I were recognized by a private school, they had
seen all of the posters we had hanged in local supermarkets, churches
and school. We were asked to come and speak to a group of children
about the importance and benefits of recycling, and explain how
litter is a threat to public health. This was a great opportunity to
encourage more people to engage in voluntary works and to my most
surprise a lot of students really wanted to make a difference in
their community, we shared different places the students could
voluntary and many more things.

Voluntary service has really helped me realize there are thousands of ways to
improve your community, not with the governments help or with a big
donations but with just the two hands we humans have. WE THE PEOPLE


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