Many are the times we fail to realize how much power there is in being different. How much magic we could make by combining our efforts.” It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength — Maya Angelou “. Jacob shares with us about his dream community. One that embraces diversity among other traits.
I want to be part of a community that genuinely cares about each other, works and grows together. United at all times. A community where everyone enjoys and exercises their inalienable rights, and realizes their full potential. Where no voice is too small to be heard and everyone is committed to making the world better everyday.
However, this community is challenged in many ways. Our communities have difficulty embracing diversity and generally recognizing that all community members have a right to be heard and to participate in processes that affect their lives. People are still marginalized based on poverty, disability, age, race and ethnicity.
At Tatua, I have witnessed diverse people come together to build meaningful relationships based on trust, shared responsibility and the desire to work together towards a common purpose. This has convinced me that my desired community can become a reality.
Jacob Okumu, Tatua Kenya Community Organizer.
What’s your dream community like?