Focus on a Leader Mentor: Serge17th July 2017

EN:  Serge is a Leader Mentor who did his training last year and got his certificate in April 2017. He is the only boy in a family of 7 children and lives with his parents: his father is a civil servant and his mother is a shopkeeper. He loves animals and even has a little dog called Bad. In 2016 Serge finished his studies at the University of Goma in political science and is currently searching for a job.

Serge is an extraordinary young man; despite his difficulty to find a job after his studies – something that so many young university graduates face – he has always believed that the right role for him is out there somewhere and he believes it is good to battle day and night to become useful to himself and his family. He recently invested in a small hair saloon for men.

Serge believes that war and the political instability of his country has hindered its best chances of development because it blocks investment. This leads to unemployment, the migration of trained worker to more stable countries, and other problems. Despite all of this, Serge believes in a better future for his country because the involvement and the growing awareness of the population will save it.

In March 2016 Serge came into contact with The Congo Tree and became a Leader Mentor. He describes The Congo Tree as being a ‘unifying organisation’ because there is the opportunity to get to know other young people different from one another, to exchange experiences and dreams. He remembers several lessons which grew his self confidence, such as those on resolving conflicts, public speaking, and the leadership images of being servant-hearted, a good steward or resources and a supportive leader of others.

After his time with The Congo Tree, he believes that anyone can be a leader; if they are sufficiently motivated and always serve the greater good. Two experiences that stood out to him during his time with The Congo Tree were mentoring and the implementation of a social project with women who are HIV positive.

Serge found mentoring was like being in school because he learnt so much from his mentee whilst also guiding changes in him. Serge even declared that

“Mentoring is the biggest and most beautiful experience of my life”.

When involved with the social action project, The Congo Tree helped him to always put the interest and needs of others first, Serge explains that

“Working with mothers who are victims of discrimination is the most beautiful thing that I could do for the community. Today they are able to live independently and have hope for the future, thanks in part to our project”.

Serge is extremely grateful for the good that The Congo Tree has brought to this community. Serge feels he has a moral obligation towards The Congo Tree, which he aims to fulfill by being a positive influence and role model for young people but also there is awareness in him to serve the greater good for his community. One day, he hopes to become part of The Congo Tree’s Facilitator team to make himself useful to the organisation which has developed in him such personal confidence and desire to serve.

Serge always wondered,

“Why does The Congo Tree invest so much in the way of training the Congolese youth?”

But a year later he now has his own response:

“The Congo Tree does it to see a positive change in the Congolese youth”.

 

FR:  Serge est un leader mentor qui a fait sa formation au courant de l’année 2016 et a eu son certificat en avril 2017. Serge est l’unique garçon d’une famille de sept enfants et il vie avec ses parents. Son père est un agent de l’Etat et sa mère est commerçante. Serge adore les animaux et a un petit chien appel Bad. En 2016, serge a finis ses études universitaires à l’université de Goma en science politique. Aujourd’hui, il est un jeune licencie en quête d’emploi.

Serge est un homme très extraordinaire, malgré les difficultés pour trouver un emploi après ces études, lui croit toujours que son travail l’attend et il dit se battre jour et nuit pour le décroché en vu de se rendre utile a lui-même et a sa famille. Il a un petit salon de coiffure pour homme dont il est propriétaire.

Serge considère que la guerre et l’instabilité politique de son pays ont freiné son meilleur développement. Cela bloque les investissements et par conséquent il y a chômage, fuite de la main d’ouvre et autres mots. Malgré cela, Serge croit en un avenir meilleur pour son pays car pour lui l’implication et la prise de conscience de la population le sauvera.

En Mars 2016, Serge entre en contact avec The Congo Tree et devient leader mentor. Il résume The Congo Tree en un élément : organisation de l’unification car il y a opportunité de connaitre d’autre jeune, échange d’expérience et vision. Il se rappel de plusieurs leçon qui font la fierté en lui comme par exemple  la leçon sur resolution des conflits, parler devant le publique, leadership serviteur, leadership berge, leadership intendant.

Apres son temps chez The Congo Tree,  il pense que  tout le monde peut être leader il suffit d’être motivé et de servir toujours l’intérêt général. Il a eu deux grandes expériences en étant chez The Congo Tree. Le mentorat et l’exécution du projet social avec les femmes PVV.

Pour serge le mentorat est une école car il a trop appris par son mentee et il fait des orientations a son jeune, il a même déclaré :

<< Le mentorat est la plus grande et belle expérience de ma vie >>

Quand au projet social, The Congo Tree l’a aidé à mettre toujours devant les intérêts des autres,

<< Travail avec ces mamans victimes des discriminations est la plus belle chose que j’ai fais pour la communauté. Aujourd’hui elles sont capable d’être indépendantes et croient a la vie grâce a notre projet >>

Merci fort à vous pour le bien que vous apporter pour cette communauté. Serge a déclaré qu’il a une dette morale envers The Congo Tree et le payement sera son influence positif qu’il a aura auprès des jeunes mais aussi le souci qui sera toujours dans lui pour servir l’intérêt général. Il pense même faire parti un jour de l’équipe facilitateur pour ce rendre utile à l’organisation qui a fait naitre dans lui la confiance personnel et le gout de servir.

Serge avait une question en tête :

<< Pourquoi the The Congo Tree investi trop des moyens par les biais des formations  dans la jeunesse congolaise ? >>

Mais une année après il a eu la réponse :

<< The Congo Tree fait cela pour un changement positif de la jeunesse congolaise. >>

 

Interview by: Baby Kitambala

Translation by: Katie Maclachlan