See what Lapid Leaders have to say about their Experience Africa (Part one)
“I was part of the team that took part in the Lapid Leaders 2016 Ethiopia Study Trip. This Experience really stretched my faith and trust in God.
Right from the preparation process, I struggled with getting my passport as I needed my birth certificate and the offices I went to were requesting for bribes to fast track the process. I did not give any bribe, time was not on my side either but I prayed and trusted that God would intervene and He did!
Through the Experience, I also gained a different perspective on the issues we face as a nation. I began to appreciate the privileges that we take for granted in Kenya. The Ethiopian government controls so many aspects of the economy. or example, there’s only one telecommunications company that is run by the government; and all land is owned by the government, you can only lease not buy. On the positive side, local residents have a lot more job and investment opportunities since the input of foreigners is restricted. In addition, based on the discussions we had with most people, we understand that the economy seems to be growing pretty fast.
My favourite part of the Experience was visiting the headquarters of Africa Union. It was a bitter sweet experience. What saddens me to date is the knowledge that the building that hosts the African dream was donated by the Chinese government. Everything to the tiniest of details was funded by China. China seems to have penetrated every aspect of the continent without a struggle; it’s almost like they own the continent. The sweet was the opportunity to interact with the policy makers especially the youth representatives who are fighting to ensure the youth of Africa have a voice.
The train rides were also a remarkable highlight!!! Their railway system is way ahead; the electric trains were very fast, cheap and reliable. It was our preferred transport means in Addis.
The whole Experience has made me more flexible and accommodating to differing perspectives on issues. I am more malleable and I believe that with God, anything is possible. If you want it bad enough and seek to achieve it by all means, you will eventually get it.
I would advocate for all the youth to take up this opportunity. You never know what lies in store for you through the Experience. I believe that God doesn’t waste any experience or situation. For me, I was really a stretched by the experience right from the preparation process and this provided an opportunity to gain a higher level of self awareness, to knock on doors that we’d never have previously thought of and engage in sales and hawking! It caused us to trust God to intervene in situations that we deemed humanly impossible.
My advice to future cohorts would be not to focus on the cost, focus on the experience. Nothing good comes easy, it’s a worth investment of your time and money. Be open minded, that is what will ensure that you make the most out of the experience. The lesson on Growth Vs fixed mindset really comes in handy here.” Written by Caroline Gathungu, an Accounting and Counselling professional, and Lapid Leader from Cohort 3
My favorite moment was visiting the Baganda parliament and seeing how Ugandans have been able to cherish and uphold their values. They have managed to preserve their pre-colonial values and culture and it was amazing to encounter their traditions. This reminded me of how culturally rich Africa is.
This Experience changed the way I deal with people. I learnt to engage with people from diverse backgrounds; I learned that we should always be ready to come down to the level of the people that we are interacting with and that way,we understand things that otherwise would not come out as clear.
I’d urge every youth to take up this opportunity is because THERE IS A LESSON OUT THERE WAITING FOR YOU TO GRAB IT!!
The Experience is life changing. I would looooooove to go for another trip!” Sylvia Kuria, student at KCA University