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by KTAmondi | July 14, 2009 at 4:09 AM
Beyond the entitlement generation.
I just made a post on my new blog called "what we don't see at home"- http://karlynamondi.blogspot.com. I'd really appreciate comments!
Reading your blog made me want to hop over there immediately, to taste the fruits being sold in the market, to browse through the collection of shoes for sale. You presented a picture of Kenya that mamaAfrica and others have painted for us but because you are a foreigner, you are able to present the picture through a different lens. I hope you will have the opportunity to meet some of our members and view their programmes. I know they are so eager to meet you.
Thank you for sharing your experiences with us and I can't wait to read more from you. Enjoy your stay. Salamu za upendo!
Thank you for posting this, it makes me happy that someone is saying it like it truly is. This said to me "We don't need your help, we just need the odds to not be against us."
I remeber when we were on welfare, that's how everyone looked at you more or less, some times they would say it to our faces, get a job, stop bummin'.
I thought this part of your blog summed up what you wanted to say the best:
"Yet most Africans, I would speculate, work much harder than we do, without the comforts that many of us have, and get little more than the very most basic needs- if anything at all. The efforts of people here once again demonstrate that most poverty, in Kenya, the U.S. and elsewhere, is not caused by a lack of initiative but by complex factors beyond the average person's control. And the initiatives that do exist in the midst of a lack of opportunity and resources are all the more admirable."
Because it is so true, American do have it a lot stabler; it doesn't mean that these people have any less integrity than someone who earns more money.
Your second blog was interesting to read too, about how what you think would be a given everywhere in the world is so different on a different continent! I'm glad you learned there, it sounds like you enjoyed yourself, a little bit confused at first, and in the end learned valuable lessons that enriched yourself!
Thanks for posting and sharing this marvelous experience.
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