Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Hopefully we all like change for the good? In Africa though change do take a long time. I though of blogging a bit different this time sharing some of the interesting parts of the country with you.
This is how it looks today - 2007.
Not much has been done to renovate this hotel and many people seek refuge in this hotel even today.
Thanks to Johan van Loggerenberg for the photos he passed on to me.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Photo 3: Everyone had the change of recieving their own huge bag.
Monday, March 23, 2009
- We just received our first shipment of 30 bicycles from Wheels for God. These bicycles will travel another 700 km north where 30 pastors will receive them to do their church work. The area in Mutarara and alongside the Zambezi river is a very remote and lonely place and many of these areas can only be reached by a bicycle. We intend to reach out to these many forgotten people at the end of May 2009. Watch this space.
- One of the biggest miracles was when I connected with Rian van der Merwe (EBay, San Francisco) and he connected me with Anna Sidana from India. Anna runs a project called "Million Lights". The idea would be to "light" up our schools so our students would have the opportunity to study during the night. Mostly all of our schools have no electricity (and will not have any for the next 10 years). Our schools are overcrowded and night classes are essential. We just received our first shipment which arrived safely in Johannesburg (yes - this is a miracle). Watch this space as we introduce this exiting project in Mozambique.
Please pray as there are so many things happening at once. Dwight and Lynn (our partners in blessings) is currently in Brazil, US and Canada but we have an exiting couple helping us on the base to make ends meet.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It's not a very common site to find a busy company who would want to get involved in training local communities - especially if they are not getting anything out of it. We were privileged yesterday to have had 20 of our co-workers on the base picked up by Vanduzi Company, who specializes in the export of veggies to European markets.
Vanduzi Company shared some of their compos secrets to the 20 willing ears. The reasoning behind the training was to:1. make sure that communities can produce their own compos for their agri produce;
2. not to destroy their fields by burning all the grass and trees in the area but rather use the green materials to their benefit;
3. create an opportunity to earn a monetary value for themselves by selling compos and to help communities to provide a better yield on their own agri produce.
Many thanks to Koos van der Merwe (not joking!) who played a huge role in helping communities in our area.
If you have time listen to the live chat and feel free to leave a comment if you wish. The topic of aid to Africa and why it is not really working is a very relevant one. As Africa keeps on pounding the G8 (including Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe with his illegitimate government) for more financial aid the question is really ........ how can the world touch Africa to bring sustainable development and help? Over centuries the world have been looking for an answer ..... and it is still looking. For far too long African leaders pocketed millions of foreign aid and the rest of the Africa innocent is still sliding back into poverty ...........
Morning Edition, March 17, 2009 ·
Steve Inskeep talks with Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo about her book Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa. Moyo has been a consultant for the World Bank and an economic sub-Saharan Africa specialist for Goldman Sachs. She says American and European good intentions discourage innovation and breed corruption.
To listen to the chat follow this link:
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"We have been told to search for weapons and other suspicious material that can be used as weapons," said a source. "It is not very clear when the operation will end, but we were told that we have to be thorough at these roadblocks and to arrest any suspicions characters believed to be bandits."