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Using Local Resources for Sustainable Development
In September 2020 Malawi was still recovering from an immerse lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and decided to go and visit some projects. Then I came across a group of elders who were busy tendering their vegetable garden. What amazed me was that they were watering their vegetables using cups and cooking pots. Immediately, I remembered that at a certain point, I had asked a group of young people why they were not able to make use of the perennial river to grow some crops and yet they were spending time doing nothing. They gave me a list of resources which they needed, one of which was a treadle pump and pipes to justify their present status. The question is, do we really need these things to do simple things? Depending on which side of the coin you are, the answer is YES or NO. The point I am driving at is that as human beings we have created a mindset that for us to develop we need resources which are supposed to be donated.

This brings us to the next issue of problem solutions. There are three solutions to every problem, namely acknowledge that there is a problem., change it for the better and finally just leave.
br/>. Looking at the above story we will find out that these young people acknowledged that for them to progress they need resources provided, and since there was no one coming forward they just left it and remained in the status quo. This is what is making most of the communities poor. Even where donors have come forward, the projects are usually not sustainable because there is no sense of ownership. Ownership of any project comes when you are able to hatch the idea and work towards it. Back to the story, we will note that these elders will be able to improve on their humble beginnings and the likelihood of sustenance is high if you bring in the technical know-how it will just be adding on the local knowledge they already have.
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In September 2020 Malawi was still recovering from an immerse lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and decided to go and visit some projects. Then I came across a group of elders who were busy tendering their vegetable garden. What amazed me was that they were watering their vegetables using cups and cooking pots. Immediately, I remembered that at a certain point, I had asked a group of young people why they were not able to make use of the perennial river to grow some crops and yet they were spending time doing nothing. They gave me a list of resources which they needed, one of which was a treadle pump and pipes to justify their present status. The question is, do we really need these things to do simple things? Depending on which side of the coin you are, the answer is YES or NO. The point I am driving at is that as human beings we have created a mindset that for us to develop we need resources which are supposed to be donated.

This brings us to the next issue of problem solutions. There are three solutions to every problem, namely acknowledge that there is a problem., change it for the better and finally just leave.
br/>. Looking at the above story we will find out that these young people acknowledged that for them to progress they need resources provided, and since there was no one coming forward they just left it and remained in the status quo. This is what is making most of the communities poor. Even where donors have come forward, the projects are usually not sustainable because there is no sense of ownership. Ownership of any project comes when you are able to hatch the idea and work towards it. Back to the story, we will note that these elders will be able to improve on their humble beginnings and the likelihood of sustenance is high if you bring in the technical know-how it will just be adding on the local knowledge they already have.
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Using Local Resources for Sustainable Development 05 May, 2023

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing our planet today. It is a complex issue that requires global action and cooperation to address effectively. While there are many stakeholders involved in addressing climate change, one group that is particularly important to engage is youth.

Young people are the future leaders and decision-makers of our world. As such, they have a vested interest in ensuring that we take action to mitigate the impact of climate change. Moreover, they are uniquely positioned to bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the table.

Engaging youth in climate change is not only important for the future but also for the present. Young people are already experiencing the impacts of climate change in their daily lives. They are witnessing the effects of extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and environmental degradation. By involving them in the conversation and decision-making process, we can empower them to take action and make a positive impact on the world around them.

Another way to involve youth in climate change is by providing opportunities for them to participate in advocacy and activism. Young people can be powerful agents of change when given the opportunity to speak out and take action on issues that matter to them. This can include participating in climate strikes, lobbying policymakers, or starting grassroots movements.

The Importance of Clean and Safe Drinking Water in Defeating Water-borne Diseases 06 April, 2023

Water is essential for life, but it can also be a carrier of disease-causing pathogens, especially in areas where sanitation and hygiene practices are poor. Water-borne diseases like cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea can spread rapidly and have serious consequences, particularly in developing countries where access to healthcare may be limited.

One of the most effective ways to combat water-borne diseases is by ensuring that everyone has access to clean and safe drinking water. This means water that is free from harmful bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants. When people have access to clean water, they are less likely to contract water-borne diseases, which can save lives and reduce the burden on healthcare systems.

Governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders must work together to prioritize the provision of clean and safe drinking water. This means investing in the necessary infrastructure and technology, as well as promoting good hygiene practices and providing education to communities. It also means ensuring that water is affordable and accessible to everyone, regardless of their income or social status.

In conclusion, if we are to defeat water-borne diseases, clean and safe drinking water is vital. It is essential for preventing the spread of disease and promoting overall health and well-being. As we work towards a healthier and more sustainable future, let's prioritize the provision of clean and safe drinking water for everyone.

Involving Youth in Climate Change is Key to Mitigating its Impact 06 April, 2023

When we talk about sustainable development, we often focus on issues such as renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and conservation of natural resources. However, one important aspect of sustainable development that often gets overlooked is the provision of better roads. This is particularly important in rural areas where most people live.

Better roads in rural areas can have a significant impact on the overall development of a community. They facilitate the movement of people, goods, and services, making it easier for residents to access basic amenities such as healthcare, education, and markets. This not only improves their quality of life but also supports economic growth.

In rural areas, farmers rely heavily on roads to transport their products to markets. However, poor road conditions can significantly increase the cost of transportation, making it difficult for farmers to earn a decent income. This, in turn, can lead to poverty and food insecurity.

In conclusion, the provision of better roads is key for sustainable development in rural areas. It facilitates the movement of people, goods, and services, supports economic growth, and improves the quality of life for rural residents. As we work towards sustainable development, let's not forget the important role that better roads play in achieving our goals.

The Importance of Better Roads for Sustainable Development in Rural Areas 06 April, 2023