Youth Committee Holds Annual Charity Week

The Youth and Sports Committee of Syokimau Residents Association held the annual charity week over Easter.

This year’s event was even more important as the committee reached out to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of community gatherings, the format changed to visiting vulnerable families within our community to deliver food packages.

“We cannot eliminate all the needs within our societies but we can show some love and solidarity,’’ SRA Youth and Sports Committee Chairman Cyril Wafula says.

Some of the beneficiaries were residents of Kicheko informal settlement, Mwangaza Rehabilitation Centre and several families identified by the road marshalls.

This annual event has taught our youth a lot about caring for others and showing kindness to the less fortunate members of our communities.

Some of the challenges this year included slow response from both parents and youth, fear to participate in community work due to Covid-19 and not being able to get corporate sponsors due to the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic.

The committee is urging parents to be more involved in motivating young people and making follow ups to make sure the youths are fully engaged in community initiatives.

In addition, the youths should be encouraged to interact with other people in the estate through volunteering to serve in projects run by the Youth and Sports Committee. The annual Syokimau Youth Outreach tournament and family fun day held in August did not take place this year, as part of adhering to government directives to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The theme for the last two events at Mt Sinai School was “Madawa Sio Mabawa’’. It promotes talents among the youth in our neighbourhood and keep them away from social media for a day.

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