Anne Firth Murray’s, “The way we do our work is more important than what we do.”
I have often asked myself what is it that I was put on this earth to do, to become, and to achieve? How do I define myself, how do others perceive me and how will the world judge me when I finally take a bow? Have I made my life all about me, all about pleasing others or have I come to the realization that just like my forefathers before me I am only a guest in this world and like them will become a part of history as others inhabit the space that I once occupied! What is it that defines us as worthy to have lived as long as we have when others have gone before us some too soon never to experience life as we have? Have we made the most of our time as we pass through this temporary place that we call home?
My point of actualization was appreciating that my time here is limited so every thought, every word, every deed and every moment should and must count! At Nenkashe Educational Center it is evident that making a difference in the life of the girl child translates into giving her a chance to change her life, her community and society as a whole. NEC’s role in society is to facilitate an environment where education plays a major role in empowering not only the child but the community as well by offering the necessary support financially, emotionally and psychologically. To achieve this NEC recognizes that the community should and must be involved in bringing about the desired change by sensitizing them (community) on the importance and benefits of educating the girl child. The community being a predominately patriarchal society implies that all decisions are made and passed by the men, it is therefore necessary to partner up and work together towards a common target which will benefit all.
Each member of NEC has taken it upon themselves to become the change that they would like to see, they appreciate that life is not all about the material wealth that one can accumulate but what one can do with whatever one has no matter how minimal or substantial in order to make a difference in this world. Ultimately it is not only about what you do but also how you do it, the joy and satisfaction that one derives from giving and making a difference is comparable to none, indeed the saying that “there is more joy in giving than receiving” is definitely true!
Members of NEC are making a difference one girl at a time one day at a time and creating a society of educated, empowered, confident and successful women who will ultimately become role models and mentors in their families, communities, society and eventually globally. Plant a seed today by doing whatever you can to make a positive and lasting difference in this big wide world that we all fleetingly inhabit…… do it with all your heart do it with all your soul!
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi