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Innocent Ukomba

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Can donor funding really fix African challenges, or should we empower African communities to address their own challenges?

Charity gives but does not really transform. For a very long time, donor assistance has been chanelled through to Africa and that really hasnt changed much. Could it be possible to birth a generation of people who are willing to be empowered with means of generating income that eventually get channeled back into communities for purposes of delivering renewal and transformation? How do we get communities to participate in the engineering of a promising future both for the continent and individual nations?

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  • Feb 11 2013: I think the old Chinese Proverb says it best. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." We can donate money and fund solutions to Africas problems, but they have to be completed. A lot of people have great ideas and never go through with them or only take them so far. Just like these innovative ideas, the funding needs to get to these communities and do the job it was intended to do. We need someone who is willing go the length to solve the problem completely. It is better to spend the moeny to teach then to spend the money to give.
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      Feb 11 2013: Tempe Sister Cities organization has a relationship with Mali, Africa. I think that is what makes the aid reach the right people and make a difference, without middle persons that take the human understanding, contact, and honest friendship out of it. Our hairdresser's mother, over 70, has made several trips to Mali on behalf of the city. I organized a group to sell candles and raise money for Sister Cities/Mali partnership so we could contribute to the sewing machine and goat program. The goats were in pairs and used for raising other goats and also giving milk. The sewing machines were for female entrepreneurs who then were able to become self sufficient. Mali is one of the poorest nations, but our representatives who travel there from Tempe,directly, make the donations do what they promise. This was a very memorable project experience, done for a Small Group Communications Course, and the power of collaboration even in small numbers with "inside information" as to the distribution of the aid.
    • Feb 12 2013: Brandon, it’s good to hear another state that a concerted effort over a long period of time, teaching progress is the only true key to success. Unfortunately, the nature of our society is becoming even more impatient, demanding immediate results. There are very limited organizations with the intent to be in it for the long haul, which are probably the organizations who receive less funding.

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