We came across this awesome post by Winnie from Nairobi Chapel Embakasi.......
"So, yesterday was #GivingTuesday. We visited #EmbakasiPoliceStation. At first when I was told about it, I was very excited, I think visiting people is another of my hobbies...hehe! Then, it later hit home that it's a police station we are actually visiting. I got really nervous, because of the misconception I've had about the police, the not so good encounters I had with them in the past ( don't over think...lol! ) and now, here I am, intending to visit people I am not so sure I see them as God wants me to... That Tuesday morning I told myself, I am going to do this and do it joyfully. I really petitioned heaven to change my heart, mind and any negativity I've carried through the years about these #GreatMenAndWomenWhoServeOurNation! Cause deep down I know if it's not done out of love, it's sin...You know...God heard my prayer and He answered it in a very amazing way...
To make the long story a little short.
From the visit...I learnt
1.The police are as human as you and I. They have families, go through challenges like you and I and they also feel stuff as deeply as we do.
2.The police are friendly, let down your guards...Yeah! You heard me right!
3.There are great men of integrity who fear God and serve in the police force. This gave me so much hope and confidence. I pray for more like these in our government. *smiles* To you who was like me...hey! Let all that negative perspective go! It's not always what it looks like... #NB: Spend time with people to discover who they really are, stories will just remain to be stories...blah blah blah! Lol!#SeePeopleThroughGod's #Eyes!
#ICelebrate every man and woman of God who stands for nothing less but #truth and #integrity in their service to this great nation. #ICelebrateEmbakasiPolice and their great leadership. #LongLive! May God continue to keep you and guard you in all your ways as He makes your cup to run over!
#KenyaNiKwetu! #ProudlyKenyan! #PoliceAreHumans! #FearlessInfluencers!#SoHappy! #GirlsWithSwords! #WithoutRival! #ThisIsGlory! *smiles* cc @ncembakasi @sdgkenya @givingtuesday.ke"
If you are inspired by Winnie's story, JOIN US on our next police station visit.
Sometimes it is good to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself to do something different. A couple of weeks ago, I did just that and joined the SDG team of volunteers as they visited a police station. My previous experiences of police stations include reporting that a matatu I was in was hijacked and dumped and I was robbed of everything (not a pleasant experience or friendly environment) and getting an abstract for my lost ID (slightly better but still nerve-wracking). This time was to be different!
We had prepared flasks of tea and cookies to share with the officers as we chatted with them and appreciated their work. I had my three year old with me and he was spotted by one of the traffic cops….who suddenly became very animated when he recognized my son as one of the group of children that shout “HI!!!” and wave as they pass each traffic cop on the way to and from school. This broke the ice as I explained that we started this after Josphat, a friend of SDG who happens to be a police officer, told us that people don’t really greet the police and aren’t friendly to them. From the traffic cop’s reaction, the kids saying “hi” definitely seems to brighten their day a little.
I know that the police are usually stereotyped very negatively…but they are not all the same and believe it or not, there are good ones out there. As one of the officers told us “If a business man does something wrong his name is in the headlines in the media. If a police officer does something wrong the headline reads “POLICE OFFICER DOES XXX” and we are all treated the same which makes our job more difficult.”
The young volunteers we were with listened closely to his words as he continued to tell us “People don’t realise what we have to see. We go to really bad car accidents and pull people out the cars, attend grizzly murders and deal with the bodies, see domestic abuse, go to places where there has been unrest and see bodies in terrible states. Then we are expected to come in to work and just carry on.” One of the youths then asked “Do you think that contributes to the aggression we see in the police?” “Yes! Definitely!” was the officer’s response as he went on to explain that they get no counselling for what they endure.
Our visit was short but from the various interactions we had it was a very positive experience. The police appreciated people taking time out to talk to them and see them as individuals AND the youths began to understand some of the challenges the police face every day and the toll that takes on them. I was really touched by the conversations and look forward to more of these interactions in the coming months!
If you would like to join us on a future police station visit, please get in touch.
“What motivates you to work with Simply Do Good?” That’s a question I was asked this week during a meeting with a new contact. It didn’t take me long to answer.
I want to create a better world for my son. He’s only three now so there is time to shift the culture and move back to a place where people really look out for each other and help one another. A world that is slightly kinder than the one in which we live today.
Part of our discussion in the meeting was around Giving Tuesday. Anyone who has followed me on social media or spoken to me recently will have heard about this event that is happening on 27th November. If not, you can find out some details on our recent post. Working for an organisation called Simply Do Good, it’s inevitable that I will have the chance to do something at work on this day. However, I’ll also make a point to do something at home so that my son can see that it’s important that we think of others.
At a recent workshop I attended, there was a suggestion that the subject of philanthropy could be brought in to the school curriculum. The general consensus was that the younger we can teach children how to think of others, the more it will become second nature to them and not something they have to sit down and plan.
Until that happens, I’m happy to use days like Giving Tuesday as a reminder to myself and my son that we all have something we can give and it’s nice to brighten someone’s day by sharing what we have.
JOIN US!! Find a way that you can give your times, skills or resources on Giving Tuesday or use it as a day to give thanks or encouragement to others. Make sure you use #GivingTuesdayKe when you share your story.
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