THE story of Eritrea is one of exception; not only does the tale recount the history of a nation, it is a unique compilation of the stories of exceptional individuals.
Our history has illustrated that Eritrea, the land of the free, and home of diversity is made up of individuals who make history. Only twenty three years old, Eritrea has made enormous strides in its pursuit of becoming a truly independent, self-reliant country. From education, to health care, to infrastructure, the country’s ongoing growth and development exhibit an indomitable spirit and the resilience of a hard-working people.
Those who are foreign to Eritrea may wonder how it has managed to win its independence over the course of 30-years without any large-scale foreign support? How is a country constantly chastised by the world for its audacity to pursue an independent, self-reliant course able to do the uncommon?
Eritrea’s greatest resource has always been its people. It is the birth place of individuals who kindle a great light in the world, who set blazing torches in the dark streets of life for individuals to see by.
Eritrea is made of realists, who know where they are going, who believe in a vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.
Eritrea was built upon a foundation of blood, sweat, and tears, sacrificed from its people and it is these extraordinary people who embody excellence.
Drawing inspiration from the virtue of their ancestors, Eritrean youth all over the world have been building and protecting their country in the hopes that it realizes its true potential. Regardless of how scattered Eritreans are in the world, one thing tying the youth together is that they are willing to sacrifice immensely for something larger than themselves – their country.
All growth depends upon activity, and there is no development, physically or intellectually, accomplished without effort … and effort means work. Some spend their days dreaming, asking what if? Others ponder what could be? And still others ask how? But the majority of the youth within Eritrea and within the Diaspora devote their time and skill in giving back to their country.
Through book drives, adopting orphans or supporting orphanage, planting trees, teaching, performing national service, and providing free medical services as health interns, Eritrean youth in Diaspora and within the country are turning “what if” to “what is,” and transforming “what could be,” to “what it’s going to be.”
Happy Independence Anniversary!!
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