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New view on NGO "aid" in Africa

Here's a great piece on the need for NGO's to change their view of what development in Africa should look like -


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As we say in America "You hit the nail on the proverbial head". Right on. But I've never heard anyone say it like you do.

I also have a sign in my house that reads "Noblise Oblige": "With privilege comes responsibility"

In 2006 I decided to go to Livingstone Zambia to hook up with an established NGO to help save the world. After 3 days I was disillusioned, after 2 weeks I left because I could not stand the hypocricy. Mommys and Daddys had sent their rich kids to have their experience. They drank by night, and taught street orphans vowels by day. When you are starving vowels aren't really of much value. As I looked around I thought with all the missionaries and volunteers over the years, why has there been NO SUSTAINABLE PROGRESS. Just gIving makes them dependent.

I came back, sat looking out the window for 2 weeks and said "Wendy" if you don't like the way NGO's do things why don't you start your own. So I did "I'm One In A Million". My vision is completely different and it works. It is small because I need to control it until I find others with my vision.

The first thing I did was decide it was disrespectful to go there and expect these people to be like an American. I did a 4 year study and found out WHY nothing works. You can read it on my website
The study is shortened here. The website is being updated but you can still get the idea.

Anyhow, I "get" you, girl and I "get" that you get the whole thing. And I admire you and wish you the very best of everything. Thank you for being the real deal. The only thing I don't get about your story is why, after being with all those tight ass 3-piece-suit women you didn't go in the ladies room and throw up. But you probably have more class than I do. Haha.

I just got back from Zambia and will be leaving in 3 weeks again. You have to be there to make it work.

The third day I was there in 2006 I had the whole picture real fast. I went to the Dr. I was working with and said "I don't mean to be disrespectful and you don't have to answer but could it be the reason AIDS and poverty do not get better and in fact are worse is because the Government wants to control the people? ". "Bingo", he said. He had been at this clinic for AIDS people and in the 6-7 years there he said he had seen NO progress. He was moving to Lybia in a couple of months.

Thank you again. You are SO right.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together")



Every decision you make today decides if someone in the world will celebrate or cry

Wendy Stebbins
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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