By Meg & Lindsay Saligman
The girls at the SEGA School in Tanzania, go to club meetings after school. During my visit to SEGA, I was pleased to be invited to a meeting of the “Anti-Ivory Club.” The purpose of this club is to raise awareness about poaching – the murder of elephants for their ivory tusks. Although this is not a cause I am connected to personally, it made me unbelievably happy to see the girls dedicated to social change. I couldn’t help but be reminded of my friends in the US who also have a social conscience. The difference between the two groups of students is that the SEGA girls are faced with so many challenges – things we take for granted here – yet, they think about and act on behalf of others. In this case, it is an animal who cannot speak for itself.
Here is the anti-poaching video that I helped the girls make in support of the elephant,”the finest animal in the Africa.”
It was so gratifying to me to help with the video. To me it meant the girls view art as a means to inspire change. I hope the mural project we worked on together, helped them to this realization.
In a world of Facebook and Twitter, not everything written is important. The girls at SEGA don’t have access to social media tools, but they do have a message and I promised to provide a vehicle to spread their message. Posting the video we made together, so their voices could be heard, is a good, first step. Video.