Let’s embrace community Service!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Renowned Indian statesman, activist and philosopher- Mahatma Gandhi once said that ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’. This phrase reminds us about the importance of serving humanity.

Again, Islamic scholars also reminds us that the rewards one stand to benefit doing community is enormous both on this earth and hereafter.

Therefore, serving humanity teaches us some valuable job skills and introduces people to the work environment.

By volunteering, we can change the lives of others for the better. Volunteering also is a tool to improve the community and help those in need.

The recent construction of a wooden bridge by one Salifu Janko, a chainsaw operator in Kafuta, is not a commendable, but worthy of emulation. We thank him for this foresight and dedication in conceiving such a brilliant idea.

The construction of this 80-metre wooden-bridge when completed would impact positively on the lives of many in that community. It will also make movement to and from farms without any fear in mind about the presence of crocodiles in the area.

Suffice it to state that volunteering widens people’s network and connects them to their community and its members. Moreover, it is one of the best ways to make friends who share similar values. Expanding your social experience and improving your communication skills is another benefit as well.

Some are of the view that community service is a good way to build character, show leadership and help people. Whether it’s through school, youth centres and markets, community service builds moral character.

It teaches people from a young age to look beyond their own needs and learn about the differences they can make in their community and country. Community service is very important as it teaches people the importance of giving back which is greater than most other ventures just to suit our worldly affairs or for vanity purpose.

It must be put in mind that to give real service one must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.     

“Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That’s what life’s all about.”

Andrew Shue