We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give
I was introduced to the African Nutrition Leadership Program (ANLP) by my mentor, who was a participant in 2011. From her words, I sensed the uniqueness of the program and I experienced that at ANLP 2016.
I really enjoyed the aspect of the ANLP that allows you to explore and learn something new about yourself in a fun way. At the end of each day, the program gave participants time to reflect and ponder on aspects learned and the application thereof in their own lives.
Through sessions and reflection time, I had many “Aha” moments, but the one that struck me the most was during my interview with one of the support team, Christine, for the newsletter that we had to put together. She spoke about her time helping and serving Syrian refuges. It was truly inspiring for me!
I realized that I’m not satisfied with my “social responsibility”. But thanks to ANLP, I learned how social responsibility is so much more than eloquent words and a few actions - it is the real engagement of each person within the community where they live. It can be expressed as a genuine interest about what’s happening in the community, as well as in active participation towards solving some of the problems. I have been armed with various values and skills that will help me improve my social responsibility in order to be the leader I am meant to be.
The point is that everything we do matters – and makes either a positive or a negative impact on everything and everyone around us.
As this month marks the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth (2nd October), bear in mind his often repeated quote “Be the Change you wish to see in the world”. And from the being, comes the doing. So I prefer the message “Do the change you wish to see in the world”.
Imane EL HARCHAOUI, Morocco