Overcoming Anxiety, Sickness, and Poverty. The transformational story of a young African Man

Allow this story to transform your life

by Sylvie Tamanda

Hey guys, I hope you all are doing great. I would like to welcome all the new members to our

Please proceed to introduce yourselves. Who are you? What is your profession
or current education level?
All the newbies started posting their best with hot poses and, I would imagine, in their
favourite outfits.

As the introductions poured in, I read a few and quickly moved on to my business for the day.
and later that day.

While skimming through the messages, I stumbled upon an unusual
picture, and the message attached piqued my curiosity.

Community members started to send George love and very kind words of encouragement.

So, when I asked this gentleman to get in touch with me privately, he told me he was in class and would be in touch during his break.

George eventually got in touch with me after school and shared his story, which I have
attached to this article.

After reading his story, I felt many different emotions.

  • First, I was in tears because of everything this young man had been through.
  • Secondly, I became convicted and was filled with gratitude for my life and the challenges that have shaped my life.
  • Thirdly, I felt an urgent need to react and show George and his family some love and support. So, I spoke about him to a friend who made a $50 donation, and I promised to buy a laptop for George.
  • Finally, God revealed his face to me once more, reminding me that the path I had chosen with the young and independent community would not be easy, but it would be completely worth it in the end.

This is George’s story, and there are many other stories like George’s story.

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Being the founder of a project that dares to go in the opposite direction of the status quo, where young people are more excited and attracted to the social media hype, was something I had my reservations about. Instead of denying the call altogether, I went in gingerly, one step at a time.

I even remember when I first pitched my vision of a young and independent community of Africans to a mentor and friend, Kevin. He said to me, “Sylvie, why would you pick the path many refuse to walk?” Would it not be easier if you started blogging about politics and gossip? The Young and Independent is a fantastic project, but the first challenge you will face is young people’s preference for entertainment over education.

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Instead of chickening out, I ran headlong into the storm, and two years later, here we are.

We’re taking it one day at a time. And this year, my key word is impact.

I challenge you to pick up a worthy project that supports and impacts your community.

If you’re touched by George’s story and would like to show some love through a donation, please let me know, and I will be happy to share his details with you.

I love the YAI community and it is truly a grace to be able to impact lives.







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David Fonje March 26, 2023 - 8:17 am

Your article’s are good, I’m glad there’s somebody talking about all this.

Sylvie Tamanda March 30, 2023 - 11:41 am

Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading George’s story.


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