Feature: Zambian youths win accolades for exemplary community service works

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LUSAKA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- "Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country" resonates with many that seek to better their communities in Zambia.

It is with this in mind that a group of young people from Chawama township, a densely populated area in Zambia's capital Lusaka, decided to carry out repair works on a key road in their area using their own resources.

The youths swung into action after seeing the state of one busy road in the area, which was already in dire shape and suffered further damage with the onset of the rains.

"After witnessing near-fatal accidents due to potholes and damaged drainage systems, my colleagues and I decided to put our resources together and purchased work tools and materials like crushed stones and sand to fill up potholes," explained Steven Sivile.

Sivile further said the road repairing works are an ongoing initiative that started at the beginning of the rain season and that his team of seven young people intends to expand their reach and work on other roads in the area.

And his colleague Stanslous Siwuye asserted that it is the responsibility of every citizen to come through and contribute whatever resource including human capital and not to always wait on the government to move in and solve all challenges.

This gesture by young people has since attracted the attention of motorists and the general public many of whom are now rendering financial support to help with the purchasing of materials needed to repair the damaged roads.

"The road is in much better shape now because of these proactive youths who saw the need to avert damage to vehicles and to people. Their efforts are worth supporting," said John Tembo, a motorist.

Others spoke to also expressed Tembo's sentiments and urged youths to take up their place and play their role in the development of the country. Enditem

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