Social Development is good, I enjoy advocating for a social inclusive system across all platforms. However, I am for a sustained and result oriented strategy. A strategy that involves longterm solutions that will not just “feed the fish”, but “teach the fish to feed”. I visited, an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp in Abuja for an outreach on Menstrual Hygiene Management and I was caught in between feelings.
One thing that caught my attention, was the environment we used. At first, I thought it was the camp but was later told it was a school environment, however, the school wasn’t up to standard and that really touched me. As a social impact advocate, I experience, ups and downs during these kind of outreaches. The ups come in the form of the smiles, grateful attitude, warm reception and spirit of survival that the recipients receive however, it still touches me that some of these people like to remain in the condition they are in. Don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it feels as though they have even stopped trying to push, to get more out of life so they just wait to be “fed”, “helped” or “taken care of”.
Sometimes, the results we expect to see are not seen because even after the sensitizations, some of them go back to “square one”. Now this can be really discouraging.
What do you think can make this reluctant attitude in change stop?