Today I'd like to share a video with you, made by someone who works in the refugee camp that I will be working in come September, featuring a man by the name of Patron, a resident of Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi.
It is wonderful to see the skills and talents that are present in the camp, and the hope that this man has. However, it is also difficult to watch, because as Patron says, they are hidden away from the Malawians, and so the market for products produced in Dzaleka is very small.
P.S. Just wanted to remind you of the INDEVOURS Family Festival, which we are hosting in the Uptown Waterloo Square (75 King St.) on this Saturday, July 6th. We will have booths with information on each of the countries we are going to be placed in, and fun games and activities for the whole family. There will be a Latin band and a magician performing! Also, because our rain barrel sale was so successful, we have decided to host another one at the Family Festival. Come on out between 1pm and 6pm that day for a fun time!
Katie, this is such an awesome video eh! I found it a long while ago. I think it shows that if we give someone the opportunity and materials to succeed, then they will succeed. This is why I believe in capacity building, teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to start a project and then stepping back and let the new recruit make his mistakes and learn organically.
I love it! I am so excited that this is going on where I will be working in the coming year! I definitely agree with your statement on capacity building - I find that there are too often aid projects/organizations that run solely on international labour and resources, and they are just not sustainable in the long term. It is a reason behind me wanting to be trained in as many different fields of things as possible, so that I can pass that on to others (music, TESOL, swimming, and in the future, hopefully library science and education).
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Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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