Last week, various village youth bunges in Siaya county celebrated the Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) which is usually observed on a weekend in April (26th- 28th) beginning Friday and ending Sunday. Every year on GYSD, youth organizations, schools and individuals around the world realize thousands of projects focusing on voluntary community service ranging from learning sessions about current social and environmental challenges to clean-up actions, concerts, visits to nursing homes/hospitals, orphanages and children’s homes, healthy-living campaigns targeted towards HIV/Aids, as well as rallies against violence, drugs and other social vices, among many others.
Led by the Siaya County National Youth Bunge Association President Joram Nyangah; members of Banana and Magwar village youth bunges from Alego Usonga together with staff of Siaya municipal Council were engaged in a cleanup exercise in Siaya town. Says Emmanuel Otieno, Magwars’ village youth bunge president “The biggest problem we have in Siaya town is the lack of proper and functional dumpsites as well as proper sanitation facilities. We are hopeful that we will be able to work hand in hand with Governor Rasanga to ensure these amenities are improved, in the meantime, the GYSD has accorded as an opportunity to volunteer our services and help clear the various dumpsites”
Not to be left behind was Mahaya Libamba village youth bunge members, Libamba in dholuo means “neibor” volunteered their time by clearing overgrown bushes in Mahaya market area. Moses Owino, the groups’ Coordinator said “Joram Nyangah who is the Think Tank Advisory Chair (TTAC), informed us of the upcoming celebrations, we therefore decided we were not going to be left behind and decided to engage in a cleanup exercise, especially where our newly built office is located, it was becoming very bushy and we feared it could bread creepers and crawlers which we needed to get rid of. We have come to the realization that life is not about expecting payments for every little things we do and that once in a while we need to give back wholeheartedly without expecting anything in return”. Mahaya Libamba bunge consists of 12 women and 18 men who worked tirelessly the whole day. The group also engages in selling paraffin to area residents as a form of Income generation (IG).
Joram Nyangah confirmed that the NYBA members will adopt the GYSD celebrations into event calendar and ensure they take part every year.