“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth”- Muhammad Ali
Ever since I joined MFA, giving back to the community has always been etched on my mind. It first dawned on me how important giving back to the community by an organization or an individual is when I realized that I was one of the beneficiaries. Most people think that one has to be financially stable or leading a luxurious life to give back. On the contrary, anyone is capable of giving back no matter how little the service is.
The Academy has always instilled the value of giving back in students and staff. MFA has given room for students to identify and offer services to members of their local community in terms of providing basic needs, labour and also mentorship.
During quarantine, most people were affected having lost their jobs due to the government’s protocols to carb the virus. Most families could not afford a meal thus organizations such as Flying Kites came in handy in my home area to offer food stuff. The idea of giving back to the community was open and I wanted to give a hand to those in need, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I just knew I had something to offer. I had no money, no foodstuff to offer but deep down I just wanted to be part of the cause.
I met my primary school headteacher(where the relief was taking place) and he was one of the organizers at the venue. To my delight, I was assigned to a group with my primary school teachers. Together we ensured that COVID-19 government protocols were followed to the letter. Later on, I helped the old in carrying the goods offered by Flying Kites from point to point, upon realizing that the queue was moving quite slowly. My help really sped up the activity and in no time most people had received their relief. The headteacher, the community members and some of the organizers were really appreciative of my service.
I was so happy at the end of the day because I had put into practise the Academy’s CLAIRE values.
True to the old adage,”No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- Aesop