Every year, on the 21st of June, MTN Zambia closes its community outreach project, #YelloCare. It runs from the 1st of June and has a grand finale, this year’s was a career day, where the event is wrapped up and of course lives are changed.
This year’s #YelloCare opened up space for women in tech, and worked with amazing organisations like Bongo Hive and Asikana Network. Partnering with Lubuto Libraries, young mothers were given the chance to learn computer coding and of course #BrighterLives.
So Why Girls in Tech?
Under the theme #BrigtherLives, these young women went and broke so many barriers, that I’m not even sure they realized. Historically, computer programming and technology services, have been roles relegated to the nerdy man sitting in front of a computer with a five day old hungry lion packet next to him. But these ladies were so young and had brilliant ideas. They were dreaming up things I literally never thought about at their age. A recycling app? TAKE MY MONEY!
The thing is, as we go about life trying to find a way for ourselves, we often find that even though the spaces are opened up for us, young women are way to timid or just don’t know enough to take the charge they ought to be taking.
Initiatives like Asikana Network and #YelloCare are some of the few ways that young women’s brilliance can be felt in these spaces that are just waiting for them to be occupied. Ladies bring a special type of creativity to the table, but often we are either silenced or just too plain scared.
Focusing on tech, because that was this year’s theme, its important that ladies get to share their creativity and smarts with the world. If we’re going to make the world a better place, let’s get all hands on deck.
The world is becoming digital. Lets get with the program.
As the world is being steadily transformed with digital solutions for otherwise mundane problems, and its up to us to keep up with it. If young people, such as myself are not careful, we will be left behind in paving the world that we want to see.
Shout out to the youths, for making things happen. But lets not get complacent. It can be daunting, going out into the world with all these bright ideas that may be misunderstood, rejected or just plain discarded, but lets not end there. We have a whole world in front us, just waiting for the taking. Its time we got up and made our footprint.
The 21 days of #YelloCare have since ended, but I can assure you that minds are buzzing with all the possibilities that life holds for you. Its easy to believe that we have it the worst, but the truth is, where we are right now, could possibly the best we ever have it. Don’t get discouraged. pray hard and then work hard. Always give your best. and when you have, don’t forget to give a hand to the people that are next to you.
Keep your sights up and keep positive, because when we all care, everyone can have a #BrighterLife.