..with the United States of America and Visionary of YALI Program, President Barrack Obama, at the YALI RLC EA

..with the Embassy of the United States Ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Robert F. Godec

 ..Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation.” - Nelson Mandela

..so, building the future that you seek, realizing the vision that you have, not just for your own countries but for the world -- it will not be easy.  It will not be easy.  But as you go forward, think about Mandela. Think about 27 years in prison.  Think about the hardships and the struggles and being away from family and friends.

Reflecting on his years in prison, Nelson Mandela wrote that there were dark moments that tested his faith, but he refused to give up.  And he said, “I am fundamentally an optimist.  Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.  Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.”

So in your lives, there will be time to test your faith.  But no matter how old you grow, I say to all of you today, don’t lose those qualities of youth -- your imagination, your optimism, your idealism.  Because the future of this continent is in your hands, and if you keep your head pointed towards the sun and you keep your feet moving forward, I promise you will SUCCEED. " His excellency, Obama

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    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

by Marianne Williamson