Jamal Edwards Visited Kenya To See How Young People Are Changing Lives
It's all about action/2015 and ending poverty.
He’s already helped to boost the careers of huge British artists from Ed Sheeran to Tinchy Stryder, and now Jamal Edwards MBE is taking his mission to help young people suceed international.
This summer, Jamal travelled to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to visit Kibera, the largest slum in the whole of Africa, with Save The Children for action/2015. Home to over 1 million people, the slum only has two water pipes, meaning that there’s a devastating lack of access to water, sanitation and electricity.
Jamal wanted to see first-hand the effects of extreme poverty and the impact these living conditions have on the residents, and so he met up with activists, musicians and campaigners to hear exactly how they are working towards a positive change in their lives and for their communities.
“We need to act now. There aren’t enough affordable health facilities or schools and only two water pipes serving Kibera’s entire population," Jamal said.
“Young people struggle to get an education, see a doctor when they need to and have clean water to drink. This must change for them to have a better future."
Whilst he was in Africa, Jamal also took the time to visit one of MTV Staying Alive's grantee projects, Young Maasai Cultural Development Initiative, to check out the amazing work they're doing in their community around HIV and AIDS prevention.
The Inititative does an incredible job of using music and dance to share their message "AIDS is real, it kills, it has no cure", something that music entrepreneur Jamal particularly loved.
2015 is a huge year for issues like the ones Jamal saw in Kenya. Global leaders will be holding two remarkable summits – one pushing to end all forms of poverty and inequality, and the other for setting new climate action targets.
If kept, these commitments could achieve massive things, including an end to poverty in all its forms, so it’s vital that we keeping talking to our global leaders about them.
To find out more about action/2015 and share your hope for the future, head to www.action2015.org.