An eager group of well over 250 people gathers to hear what was happening at the youth centre in Dandora phase 4, last Saturday. Emerging Leader’s CEO, Trevor Waldock, was running a seminar called, “LEAD YOUR LIFE”
In Dandora, leadership training has become something worth giving up time for in the past 2 years, as the news about the impact of learning to, “lead your life”, has spread across this suburb of Nairobi. During this time 1,500 people have received leadership training from Emerging Leaders and the impact has rippled across the whole district.
The training is widely believed to have impacted 15,000 people to date and the story is growing.
Dandora, long known for its location next to the Nairobi city rubbish dump, home to 120,000 people, is ready to embrace a new identity. People are hungry for change, but there are complex needs and huge challenges to overcome, so where to begin?
The bottom line is this, there is no sustainable change anywhere in the world without good, strong, courageous leadership.
Dandora needs courageous leaders, the kind that are willing to take risks to fight for a better future for all.
And that’s exactly what is happening.
People are leading themselves to TAKE ACTION and to be the change they want to see in their communities; and the amazing reality is right before your eyes. People are planting gardens and clearing piles of garbage to create spaces where their children can play safely. They are getting together to oversee night security, clearing out storm drains that have been blocked for years and even a small library and children’s computer club have been started. All because people are taking the initiative, not waiting for someone else to sort the problem before them.
Visionary leaders, like Charles, are transforming their neighbourhoods by planting trees, grass and flowers and restoring pride back into a place he remembers fondly as a child. The whole Mustard Seed community that he leads, turn out each week to sweep the streets and maintain the high standards they want to see. “If I’m late to start on our clean-up day, I see that the children are already at work and that makes me proud – they share our vision for a cleaner environment”, said Charles.
Good leadership brings tangible hope, that can be seen, touched and enjoyed…and leads to a better future for all.
by Jane Beaumont