To begin with, an umbrella acts as a sun or rain protector; the umbrella protects people from the sun by shielding their fragile skin from powerful rays and avoiding the heartbreak brought by the sunburn. Similarly, a CorpsAfrica Volunteer acts as a cycle breaker of extreme poverty in rural communities, by bringing innovative developments that have bigger impact on the communities.
Umbrellas are also used for decoration. At events such as wedding, graduation and other office-related events, decoration is the order of the day and this is done according to personal preferences. Similarly, a CorpsAfrica volunteer acts as a role model (decoration) in the community by inspiring the youth and community at large.
In conclusion, an umbrella usually symbolizes the canopy of the heavens, shelter and protection. It is often an emblem of power and dignity in many religions. Therefore, as a CorpsAfrica Volunteer, I am an umbrella to this remote, high poverty community; I manifest and facilitate change for sustainable development.