Here is a story.
We were called, no, summoned to a staff meeting, no reason given and were talked at by some woman from Nepal who works for the Food Programme. It was about publicity needed to fund raise. We saw a
video of an Everest climb by 9 young Nepalese women. They had WFP emblazoned on their parkas. Inexperienced and hauled up EVEREST! in the name of ‘women’s empowerment’. Smoke was coming out my ears. I said this was precisely what my friends do not want to donate to. Silence. Every national in the room said naught a word. No further discussion. There wasn’t supposed to be any discussion.
Here is what I am doing.
I bought two bikes – very very helpful to people.
I have three men starting on Monday at Arusha College of Tourism. Took some planning. They have to take the short courses offered after regular classroom hours because they have not been to high school and cannot enroll in the two year diploma courses. This short programme offers them a special opportunity. They are taking 40 hours of Food Production, 40 of Bakery and Pastry and 20 of Food and Beverage. This will be over the next five months at two hours a day five days a week. Beautiful, well equipped college started by Germans and co-operated with the national government. Every student I talked to there was beaming.