Community formerly known for violent crime aims to turn things around

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Wedgewood Village apartments have undergone a huge transformation from a community known for its violence to a community that places safety and unity first.

My Project USA held an Eid party to bring the community together.

“We’re not doing this for ourselves, we’re doing this to help out this community, to help out the kids,” said 15-year-old Abdulk Adir, who works with My Project USA.

Kids who live in the Wedgewood Village apartments stepped up to make a difference in place they live.

“It makes me happy to be able to help out my community,” said Abdi Bakari.

It was a place that has been known for it’s violence.

“Three years ago, you wouldn’t want to move there,” said Adir.

Until now, because My Project USA allows kids who live here to create positive change.

Friday, they helped with a community party.

They also loaded a truck full of toys for kids in the community.

Bakari said being a part of the organization has helped him tremendously.

“Recently my brother died in December, and I really didn’t have anything to do and I was like, ‘Yeah, I will take this to put my brother’s death off my mind,'” said Bakari.

That’s what this organization aims to do.

It creates activities and a space for kids to occupy their time in a constructive way, and also stay out of trouble.

“It’s better than hanging out in front of a building or doing any bad activities like smoking or getting involved in gang affiliations,” said Bakari. “It provided a positive outlet instead of a negative one.”

A message these two take back to the people who they live around.

“We’re trying to make it a better place,” said Adir.

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