Saturday, May 16th 2020 – The World Youth Alliance Africa held its first online solidarity call for members in Rwanda. The Solidarity call is one among many other activities that the World Youth Alliance has embarked on to engage with members and bring hope during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The call brought together young people mostly from Rwanda as well as other East African countries such as Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania to interact with each other and to get to meet the WYA Africa staff and alumni.
The call started with an introduction and fun icebreakers from the WYA Africa intern Alumni, who was also the emcee for the day, Ms. Wangeci Mwaniki, followed by an introduction to the World Youth Alliance, especially for new members by the WYA Africa Regional Director, Ms. Cynthia Maingi.
Participants also got to hear from one of the WYAA alumni from Rwanda who completed her Advocacy fellowship at the WYA Headquarters in New York last year. Ms. Natasha Muhoza shared her experience as a WYA member and also performed one of the poems she wrote to support those people on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Finally, the Q & A session was handled by the WYA Africa Regional Director of Operations, Mr. Kevin Alando. The attendees were very happy and excited and requested to have another interactive online engagement with the staff, alumni and other members. As young people, we could not finish the meeting without a group photo to commemorate the experience.
A snapshot from the WYAA Solidarity Call – Rwanda