“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it.”
~Rabindranath Tagore, from Works of Rabindranath Tagore
Photo by Fergal of Claddagh, OP, cc by-nc-sa 2.0
Despite the thousands of NGOs currently working in Haiti*, it is local Haitian residents of La Difference, a neighborhood in Cite Soleil, that are making a difference.
*For more reading on the situation of Haiti as a “Republic of NGOs” :
Watch the award-winning documentary, “Dear Mandela,” the story of the South African organization Abahlali baseMjondolo — literally, “Residents of the Shacks” — and the journey of their fight for public housing.
Not only does the film open your eyes to the deep poverty that is resulting from the growing gap between the rich and the poor, but it challenges our (mainly Westerners’) assumptions of what our role can and should be in fixing these problems.
Perhaps my absolute favorite line from the documentary is the hard-hitting quote, “Just because you’re poor in life, doesn’t mean you are poor in mind.”
A strong reminder of why “agency” and “dignity” have become such major buzzwords in the world of helping and why they need to be brought to the forefront of conversations on aid.
Watch it here: http://video.pbs.org/video/2328714078/
More information here: www.dearmandela.com
Governor Romney: You’ve said that you have used every legal method to reduce your tax liability. You’ve also said that as president you would close tax loopholes in order to help finance a major across-the-board tax cut. What specific tax loopholes have you used that you would close? A followup:…
Great video from Swarthmore’s TedxConference by Stephanie Nyombayire, known for her work with the Genocide Intervention Network.
My friend from WNR, Collin Smith, produced this video a couple of months ago. Take a look!
These were the first videos I did for WNR.
Before this, I had worked exclusively with radio reports, so they obviously could use some work. But it was my work on these stories that helped to further my interest in the merits of aid and other humanitarian work. I hope that this blog can be a collection of things I find in the relating discussions and debates, as well as my own thoughts on the issue.