A friend just sent me this article that defines the importance of educating ourselves before dumping our hours of valuable time and money into communities that we feel entitled to say “need it” and that may end up not being used or in the hands of corruption. Please check it out and let me know what you think. This issue needs a voice.
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Thank you Brian for sharing.
I heard a story last week that has stuck with me so I thought I would share it with you all….
… a man went to a small African village and noticed the lack of water supply. The women of the village walked 15 miles every day with water vessels upon their heads just to have enough water to sustain the village for one day. So, as any of us I think would admit, the helpful thing to do was to build the village a well. He did.
He returned later after the well had been built and noticed that no one was using the well and it remained untouched and vacant. Perplexed, he asked why this was and why were the woman still walking 15 miles every day just to get water. He soon learned that this journey for the women became a sense of comradery and community amongst one another. It was their opportunity to get out of the home environment and enjoy the time spent with friends and fellow women in the village. Thus, no need for the well.
Before assuming people’s needs it is always important to ask first!
Thank you Ted Martens for this perspective.
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