Restless Development is committed to reaching young people in remote rural communities within its strategic goal areas of: sexual and reproductive health and rights, livelihoods and employment, and civic participation. This is commitment. This is passion.
This is a story of doing what others think is impossible, but IMPOSSIBLE. WE – in Restless Development – consider this commitment to be of ultimate importance and requiring critical thoughts. We VALUE going the extra miles in serving the least-reached of communities with the services that their young people deserve.
It is about a journey to Kapele – a ward at far west of Mbozi district, very close to Zambia, yet closer too to Sumbawanga, one among our newly identified ward placements in Mbeya RPO . We arranged to meet stakeholders from three village placements (Kapele, Chipumpu and Namchinka) in this ward on March 27, 2012 purposely to sensitize them about Restless Development, its vision, mission, values, goals, programmes, approaches and policies at large. This being a standard communication requirement prior to interventions.
Some of Kapele, Chipumpu and Namchinka stakeholders who attended the meeting. A ward council (not seen in the picture) was consulted on the matter where he said the road is earmarked to be constructed during this coming dry season.
This sensitization meeting was successfully conducted at Kapele, involving two Mbeya RPO staff with stakeholder representatives from all three villages, but also it was a blessing to have ward council representative, ward executive officer, ward education coordinator, and Kapele Secondary School Headmaster in attendance.
One of Mbeya RPO staff pushing the office vehicle on the muddy ’road’ leading to Kapele, Mbozi District.
How else would I tell my experience on this journey if the picture itself says everything? I am glad and proud to go through this road to reach young people. I went to about ten wards but I felt Kapele the most. Speaking of field visit, Kapele is my best followed by other 9 wards aimed for direct delivery of 2011-15 NSF in Mbeya region.
Now I understand, especially from what the stakeholders say…” that it might take two years before the village is visited by district officials”, that it takes passion and commitment to serve remote rural villages who in many a case are disadvantaged due to poor infrastructure.
When I reflect back on what we go through to reach young people in such communities, I feel happy and satisfied that:
• We CARE
• We are hungry to reach the most-difficult to reach
• We sacrifice for the best interests of young people everywhere
• People still have the hope that things will change for the better
• WE shall prevail.
Because WE ARE RESTLESS.
Blogged by Simon Edwards, APC-Mbeya