Community Engagement is the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity,
special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people.
It is a powerful mechanism for bringing about environmental and behavioral changes that will improve the well-being of the community and its members.
It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems,
changes relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices.
Community engagement is therefore a strategic process with the specific purpose of working with identified groups of people, whether they are connected by geographic location, special interest, or affiliation to identify and address issues affecting their well-being.
Community engagement is a career for some. As a youth, it remains a major responsibility to impact our communities says Karen.
Karen Enang is a child advocate who relentlessly works to shine bright the lights on children.
According to the inspirational young leader, being educated is an added advantage whereby after haven obtained her B. Sc in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Buea, going back to implement theories learned in school was imperative.
Agriculture seconds the government to the highest employment provider in Cameroon, yet not all of us can be employed by either sector.
According to Karen, because the government can not employ everyone, rendering our services in our communities can serve as employment.
She also mentions that the government and our leaders being unable to do all the work of building the nation alone, young people with the required education can help them in finetuning the process. This is through community engagement.
She also highlights that youths can develop and design Projects that can be sponsored or funded by the government, NGOs, or even persons of goodwill.
Social ills can be tackled when we get engaged in community activities.
Karen tells me that it is not just a joy but a privilege to serve humanity even without being paid.
An organized society without breakdowns is idle for her and as such the family as an institution is an area of intervention for her.
She believes that nurturing and tutoring children in a way that will mold them to be better citizens is of the essence.
Reasons why over the months, she has been actively engaged in services relating to the less privileged persons.
The benefits accrued from community engagement are immense. When we love our communities we are motivated to work for them.
Cleaning the community, providing humanitarian assistance, combating social inequalities are the multifacet ways we can improve our communities.
To see change, we have to be the change for it starts with us. Youths are the leaders of today and not tomorrow as popularly chanted.
Karen reiterates on youths taking actions now in any little way they can because the outcomes are always remarkable.
At this end, I join my voice to highlight that importance of community engagement cannot be over-emphasized.
Improving lives and the community is a legacy one should strive to leave behind.
Most importantly, living smiles on faces in our communities are one of the greatest achievements one can look back and say I invested in lives.
You have been reading: The Blessings of Community Engagement with Karen Enang, Miss Peace Cameroon.
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