There is suffering in Zimbabwe, whether it’s in the cities, the towns, or that rural village kwaNhingirikini. And it’s far too easy to ignore it.
We step around First Street beggars on the way to work. People no one care about, begging alone, starving alone, dying alone.
In any rural village this would never happen, but here in the city, this shining, civilized jewel we call Harare, it happens all the time.
See, in the village, no one is a stranger – and this is what civilization and technology has robbed us of. Community is what makes us a nation, and community is what makes a nation strong.
Altruism, service and generosity make us healthier and happier – this is a proven fact.
It is no use moaning and whining in a nation with barely any social services. There is no point in crying about bank charges and telecoms infrastructure-sharing in a country that cannot feed itself.
There are issues that we, as individuals, can help to resolve. I was constantly bitching about change, and the indifferent treatment of customers – I created Consumerizim. I help Vets for Animal Welfare. I created a Facebook group for my old school. I support local music, and buy it if it’s good. I do work for causes I believe in, and I help friends and strangers alike where I can.
That is my tiny little contribution. I am simply showing what can be done if you use your particular skillset, not to try and change the world, but to help your own community in any way you can.
You don’t even have to support a cause, you can support the people giving their time to it. If you have neither the time nor the inclination to sweep the street, buy a $10 broom and send it along. Donate old clothing, send a blanket.
The point is, we each have the capacity to change our nation for the better. Just helping a stranger is a kindness, no matter how small that help is. Do something for someone else, and that person will do a kindness for someone else.
That is how you fix a broken nation, not by waiting around for political solutions, or praying for a helping hand from a non-existent social welfare system.
We need to make a nation of villages, and everything will be rebuilt from the ground up. Lofty ideas, I know, but bear with me.
So go ahead – do something for someone, anyone, and I bet you’ll feel ten times better than you did before.
As Guseni would say …
… for the cow-ntry.