Most people know the difficulty in trying to assist people in need or peril, be it Tanzania, or New Orleans after Katrina.  Charity meets the more immediate needs but doesn’t help people solve the problems over the long term.  In the US as well as here the problem that low income people have is that they are not on the radar screen of business, society or even the local governments because they see no return on their investments (short term).  No tax  revenue for the services of good roads, electricity or water from local government, for example.  NGO’s, as well as other large organizations, the UN, individual governments are subject to corruption by the people they attempt to help.  We know this, and feel reluctant to extend a hand.  It is so hard not to just give up in dispair, it is so very frustrating.  We want to help, to fix things.  Tally and I vacillate on this,  because it is so hard, do we just say “forget it” or what?  It is that holding the tension between doing nothing or doing something.

Education and health are the one areas we try to focus on for now, many of  you are really helping us in this.  As we get further into this trip, meet with people, we will have more concrete  ideas to share with you.  Any ideas you may have – would be most welcome.  Bye for now, J.

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