On Board: First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Nanga Vhuthilo Community Center

Uploaded by whitehouse on 27.06.2011

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Brenda Nyakudya: We are at a school in Soweto.
It's a school but it's also like a community center so they teach
kids but they also take older kids.
And the kids come here and they get taught skills, you know,
drama, arts and crafts, just to keep them occupied
and off the streets.
So this is where we are today, we kind of hang
out with the children.
We're doing some community work.
You know, some guys are gardening, some are painting,
some are playing games with the kids.
So we're just going to spend the afternoon here.
Ambassador Gips: South Africa faces very significant challenges that
are a legacy of apartheid that still exist today.
And for communities like this and community centers like this
it's going to take the combined effort of young people working
hard, going to school, acting responsibly so that we can help
defeat the HIV/AIDS crisis.
So it's going to take a community coming together
led by young and old to help transform this country.
But after days like this you have such inspiration and hope
and you know that they can do it!
Brenda Nyakudya: Having the First Lady here has been amazing.
The impact that it's had on myself personally is the fact
that it's given me more impetus to actually carry on doing the
work that I'm doing.
Because I think when you're working with social issues
and that kind of charity work, you kind of feel like, you know,
you're like a silo, you're all learn and no one is really --
no one really cares and you're not really making that much of
a difference.
But I think her coming out and saying, you know, unfortunately,
you're a leader and leader is about serving and you are
making difference.
And that's better than being, you know,
getting headlines and fame and fortune because you're actually
making a difference in people's lives.
I think for people our age about this thing I don't think we've
totally grown up to say, okay, we're the now generation.
And we keep referring to ourselves as the next generation
when in actual fact, you know, we are the ones we've been
waiting for, so to speak.
And so for her to say, you know, now is the time,
you need to actually start working now,
carry on the work but aspire for more.
You know, don't just think this is where it all ends.
You know, you could be more and you should be more so you go out
and do more.
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