BRAVO, TONY! You have contributed & are contributing more than the naked eye can see!!!!!
Make peace with that & your spirit will be at peace when you leave!
Till we meet again!
I”m trying…looking forward ’till we meet again. xxT
I suspect the overbearing structure is designed to accommodate ever-changing personnel/volunteers. It would be stifling indeed, and I think the older one gets, one values one’s freedom to act even more. .
Who is that person? I love your pictures. You are doing good work, Tony.
Yes tony you are a good person doing good work, but as you have seen so clearly there is really NO substitute for the grass roots community self-organizing required to build an equitable society.
And yes, this means fighting and destroying the top down hierarchical structures.
Which is why ” There are livelihoods to be made helping others.” in the NGO context is a very uncomfortable concept
for me at least.
I don’t know his name. He was one of the participants at a meeting of a farmers’ organization. The meeting was held under the trees with only a small group attending. We were there to offer a new contract for selling their maize to the Food Programme. They are not a strong group, not a functioning one. They have not sold to the Food Programme before and they did not submit a tender for this last purchase.
I think it came out that he is 65. He was wearing a long gown, not trousers. Yes, I thought he looked very interesting. Had I not been part of the meeting I may well not have been able to take his photo so easily.
Tony, I was thinking of you and the work and the frustrations that surfaced during this adventure when I was at a Gala Fundraiser for the “One Person Project” that goes to Tanzinia… one person ( and her friends and family) raise the $, send the containers to the village. The guest speaker was from the Village and reminded us that every contribution, no matter how small we may think is magnified by the difference it makes in the lives of the Tanzanians and other Africans.
Stay strong, and focused and know you have made a larger contribution than you can ever understand… the students, the dress, the meals you have provided…are measured in the goodness and merit they are.
Amen to that, Karen.
I admire that you followed a dream, no matter how big a challenge it has been.
Thank you Karen, though this dream business can make the hair turn white! How goes your work? T
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