“It always seems impossible until it is done,” the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) Youth League acting secretary-general,Veparura Kandirikirira, quotes late South African leader, Nelson Mandela adding that it is indeed possible to help the not so well-off in our society without waiting on government.
The youthful leader donated school uniforms to learners of the Leonardville-based, Naosanabis Primary School last week. “It is indeed possible for us to dig deeper in our pockets and stand together with our brothers and sisters who have been subjected to an education system that is so unforgiving and leaves them without school uniforms,” says he.
Kandirikirira asked how learners could be expected to perform well in their school work if they are demoralised and not properly dressed to fit in as a unit? “We all know that in unity there is power and in ones there is victory,” he says pointing out that it is painful and disheartening to see children as young as seven years old having to endure the harshness and sad reality of classism and facing the harsh fact that their lives are seemingly not important enough then those kids of the rich and the well connected.
“We will not allow this to happen. We will stand tooth and nail with our people, we will not wait on those in power who would rather use our tax money to build parliaments buildings, fancy offices for politicians and buying luxury Mercedes Benzes,” says Kandirikirira. He further determined that the Nudo Youth League, will not wait on those who do not have the interest of the people at heart and that the children are the league’s priority and will stand with them through bad weather and conditions. “We feel the pain that parents feel, because it is never the desire of every parent not to be able to provide for their children. We know what you are going through,” says Kandirikirira. “Let this token encourage you to study hard and smart and to be agents of change in this community. May this gesture warms your hearts to want to become better human beings and repeat this to others when you can,” he encourages. He further reminded the learners that they are their brother’s and sister’s keeper because their success should be everyone’s joy. He also pleaded with the learners not to wait on anybody when they can help, not even the government but to help where they can. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country,” Kandirikirira concludes.