Attending the annual World Youth Alliance annual International Solidarity Forum (ISF) was an amazing experience for me. I met youth from around the world with whom I shared very many constructive ideas. This year’s theme was on Sustainable Development: The Priority of Persons.  I learnt that population growth is an advantage to the human race. With the potential for human innovation, there is a solution to each one of our problems. Dr.Juan Jose Daboub stated that It takes the people of a country to make things happen and that each human being has the capacity to produce more than they consume. Nicholas Eberstadt and the other speakers used empirical evidence to convincingly convey their ideas. At the end of the day I knew that I have the capacity to make our society a better place, if only I decide to be the human solution and not the problem.
Besides attending the ISF I toured various places while in New York. These include: the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Centre, The 9/11 Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square among others. We would occassionally lose our way when using the subway (we would find ourselves going in the opposite direction of where we wanted to go!!!!) It was fun because we would eventually find our way and laugh about it. It is amazing how people in New York were always in a hurry but would spare a minute to help us find our way. These are qualities I will definitely teach people back at home. Courtesy was also a common practice by everybody which made us feel welcome.
Esperancia Nasimiyu Kapanga
Nairobi, Kenya.