Written by CorpsAfrica/Malawi Volunteer Mr. Jailos Ghambi
An umbrella is a cloth-covered frame used for protection against rain or sun according to the dictionary. Most people think the protection an umbrella offers is not worthy to be recognized as it does not protect one fully against the rain or sun. This is the same way people perceive volunteerism. When people in the community see the person claiming to be a volunteer, they do not take that person seriously. According to them, they think the person is not well-qualified to help them realize their potential. As a CorpsAfrica Volunteer, I hereby present to you two facts as to why both an umbrella and volunteerism are very important in the lives of people.
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.