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Community Development Making A Real Difference!

In the last year I’ve been challenged in my way of thinking about community development.  How do you change a whole community?  One of the best examples I’ve ever seen is in Uganda.  I’ve been blessed to visit Musana Community Development Organization two times now.  I’m in awe of how God is using the staff there (mostly locals) to impact the whole community not just the kids they have taken into their children’s home.  Here’s a little glimps into how the whole city is starting to embrace them and be transformed.

“The day was finally here! It was our day to shine and show the community what Musana is all about… the hardest part as always would be to get people to show up. At 8 am, nervous but excited, all the kids and all the staff waited for the beat of the drums to start the parade around town behind Iganga’s one and only marching band. When we were finally on our way, the neighborhood and town seemed to light up with life as we interrupted everyone’s Friday morning routine with trumpets, tubas, and earth shaking drums. As we passed, people and children of all ages excitedly joined us, helping to announce our 4th anniversary celebration that would take place a few hours later.”

“…A surprise appearance from Iganga’s LC 5 (one of the district’s top government officials) whose first words were, “I am only staying for five minutes,”…An hour later, the LC 5 (way past his five minute mark) stood up and admitted he was thoroughly impressed by what he saw at Musana. He even flooded our craft table and bought many Musana trinkets, before genuinely thanking Musana for all the hard work and moving on to his next event”.  -Leah (Musana Newsletter)

If you are looking for an opportunity to learn more about community development Musana is accepting applications now for summer 2013 internships.

Learn more and Apply Here

Applications are Due by November 30th so act fast!

 

The Debate Reminded me of this Video

The other night I watched the Presidential Debate with some friends.  These debates drive me crazy for a few reasons…for one I just don’t like debating/arguing, just ask my brothers or my husband 😉  also, I have to admit that I’m not the most educated when it comes to politics and the issues…so sometimes I get lost in all their back and forth talk.  That said I do not claim to be an expert in economics!  But, I’ve learned some things in the past couple years that cause me to look at the issues be talked about in our economy a little differently.

I think some of the ways churches, organizations and the government have tried to help actually end up hurting.  There’s a great book out there called When Helping Hurts that caused me to think, and think again, and keep thinking, about the ways people try to help alleviate poverty and help the economy.  Reading this book has caused me to look at so many things differently…when I see a commercial that’s trying to tug at emotions and get us all to give to children in poverty my first thought is “Arrrrgh, no we don’t need the big ol’ deep pocketed Americans to keep throwing money at these communities…”.  Also, this book changed the way I think about our own Economic issues right here in the US.  The issue is so much bigger and deeper than how much taxes and who should be taxed more, it’s about the heart of and mind of people and communities.
Right here and around the world there are communities and economies that are broken.  “Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts catalyzes the idea that sustainable change for people living in poverty comes not from the outside-in, but from the inside-out.” (from book description)

Last night this video came to mind when watching the debate.  It’s a 3 part documentary that highlights concepts from When Helping Hurts.

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