A year ago,i was introduced to Matias Harju and Kaisa Osola from Helsinki in Finland.I spent time Communicating with them on Skype and Email with my colleagues from the Westbury Youth Centre and i was asked to liaise with them since i am into media as well, listening to them and reading their Mails,something told me that these guys where very passionate about their professions respectively and they had my respect from the word Go.
Our conversations back then in 2014,prior to them coming to South Africa, was about starting/running a radio workshop at the Westbury Youth Centre, free for all our Participants to join and learn the basics of radio.
Now the community where we are located as the Westbury Youth Centre, has previously been regarded as drugs and gang infested hopeless community by mostly media house.Today still, others believe there is no Life in this community.Articles that leaves a bitter taste in one’s mouth continue to make news headlines, no one argues that we have a drug challenge in Westbury,but so is the situation in other communities even outside of South Africa.
We do not ask of the media to turn a blind eye on the negative stories that they see in our community, but how about they publish/broadcast all the positive ones as well?.I have been part of this community for the past eight years and i know there are a lot of untold positive stories about and by us.
This piece of writing however, is just to thank Kaisa Osola and Matias Harju,who left their homes and jobs back in Helsinki Finland,since September 2014, to come and help us make a difference in South Africa, Johannesburg, Gauteng, particularly in Westbury at the Westbury Youth Centre.
They have shown us the true meaning of Ubuntu, the spirit of giving without expecting compensation.
Professionally Matias Harju being a lecturer in music and teacher in sound engineering,while Kaisa Osola is a teacher in media,speech communication and speech art back in their country, they have added real value to our Organisation.
We are talking about professionals here, who saw the need to come and help young people in a foreign country to realize their dreams or to simply equip themselves with skills that will make them employable, some of these young people come from Townships, Informal settlements and Rural areas.They Could not afford to study further although they had dreams to venture into the media industry, and by being part of the Westbury Youth Centre and being skilled by these two Facilitators, their dreams are becoming a reality.
Kaisa and Matias managed to introduce our Youth to those big media houses,to also take the same media houses out of their comfort zones and show them where they are really needed, how they can help young people grow and become great global citizens,instead of crashing their dreams.
It’s evident what kaisa and Matias have brought to our community,check this blog: http://www.friendsofwycradio.wordpress.com or listen to their students’s materials here http://www.soundcloud.com/wycradio ,Follow @WYCRadio and get more information about WYC Radio.
Kaizer Chiefs playing and winning against Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in December 2014
At Eldos Fm 87.6 with Kaisa and Matias
Enjoying some Finnish Dish as prepared by kaisa Osola and Matias Harju
After one of the Westbury Youth Centre’s Team Building and Strategic sessions
As James Seetelo, perhaps i have at times been a real pain in a neck because i didn’t understand the pace that You guys move at, but i have learnt that time to you is indeed an important factor, as it should be for everyone no matter from which Continent or Country they are.You have been great colleagues,easy going and i will sure miss having you around.
Thank you for all those great memories you are leaving me with here in South Africa,Hankkia eheä astua harhaan taaksepäin koti- !