Leading from where you stand: a reflection on the banks of the Vaal river
The story of William from Malawi who developed a windmill to irrigate his father’s fields and provide electricity to his household with no resources and formal engineering qualification evokes mixed emotions. The mixed emotions come from a realisation that effecting change does not require resources but motivation and drive. To achieve not for selfish reasons but a genuine realisation and desire to solve a real challenge faced. The story is reflective of many boys and girls in Africa who are determined to overcome their present circumstances regardless of the odds against success. Many of us compared to William are in a position of privilege with resources and knowledge to use and influence change within ourselves and communities. This position allows us to effect change from where we stand. The challenge is overcoming our so called rationale and over analysing situations which brings nothing except procrastination. Hold on, I can effect change from where I stand and yes you can do it as well of course we can.
Let the William within you and me come out and inspire change from where we stand. The story of leadership and emancipation from hunger, malnutrition and leadership renewal has begun.
By: Arthur and Janeth