Dar es Salaam | Dar es Salaam

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  1. Daniel et véro says:

    Hé bé…. on vous a bien oublié pendant tout ce temps. Pas cool… Heureux de pouvoir lire de vos nouvelles et de savoir que tout va bien (mais nous n’en doutions pas).
    Ici ca a été une mauvaise période, mais finalement rien de grave. Grosse fatigue et grosses déceptions. Sans plus. Mais cela nous a recroquevillé sur nous-mêmes égoïstement. désolés.
    Allez, on vous suivra plus assidument dorénavant !!!
    Bisous
    Véro et Daniel

  2. Tysa says:

    Yes-working from within. The onion. Ultimately the only way. This is why the program Dad and I are involved with was to help their medical school increase the number of Tanzinaian health care workers and to provide local brain stimulation in continuing eduacation so they don’t all leave. They burn out so fast when 1 doctor takes care of 25,000 people.
    Still even there you are right, they built a complex on the hospital grounds that the hospital workes call the “Taj mahal” , complete with silk sheets for the spoiled big donors who come to Mwanza and thought the best hotel there was not good enough for them.
    In terms of the hatred, One of the residents who went to Tanzania from U of Chicago , who was most beloved by the docs there and who we thought really got it, wrote a blog when he got back explaining the deplorable state of Tanzinian doctors education & training and all kinds of other demeaning things that really hurt those who considered him a trusted and mutually respected colleague. He showed the underneath hate as you said, he didn’t even understand he was doing that, so little insight, that when he found out how angry and hurt everybody was he didnt know why.
    I actualy am naive enough to think that people make these international efforts with the right intentions. They just have no experience with Africa. It is not the same as poverty in the US, which is the only other poverty I can address. I was told when I went to Africa that I couldn’t possibly understand it from here. That was so completely true( and one of the reasons I was enthusiastic about you seeing the world). It is such an onion of problems in compounding fasion that you have to work your way from the inside out. not from the outside in. There will be no white, non swahili speaking foreigner, living in the Taj, who will ever make a difference there. Even so Father LeJac, A Maryknoll Priest,who was the most inspiring person at BUCHS and had been there for 15 years, spoke fluent Swahili and lived in a room in the hospital leaving it pretty much only to go to the office hospital or the church, , when I asked him how he could stand things like the Taj which made me want to puke, told me “there are rich people and there are poor people and it is the fault of neither and his job was to put the two together”. At the time he said it, I thought it was religious blather, but he lived it and made the most major change in the number of doctors in Tanzania that has ever been made. There are aspects of the Catholic church in Africa and South America that work from the center of the onion
    Love Terri

  3. Bob says:

    Dave and Anna: you really do have to read “white man’s burden” by Easterly. He makes the arguments about development aide that mirror and complement your own observations on the ground. Easterly divides the aide type people into two types. The first group are planners (whom he doesn’t trust). They have big meetings where they talk about grand things and who come up with grand schemes for fixing everything and making everything just grand) but who, he argues, do no good for anyone but themselves, and in fact do harm, since they often end up in bed with corrupt regimes, competing with other NGO’s for the same turf, and making their own balance sheets look good at the expense of those they are intended to help. The other people (whom Easterly admires) are problem solving in their orientation, practical and non-dogmatic people, who don’t propose grand solutions, but specific limited proposals to solve limited and local and unique problems. They look at individual problems in individual solutions and work to devise pragmatic small solutions. They are not concerned with “education” or “transportation” or some such issue, but are concerned with getting a way to teach the kids in one particular neighborhood using the resources and opportunities avaialable to them, and not building great highways, but in building a specific bridge across a stream that will unite two halves of a particular town and make getting food to market easier for these particular villagers…etc. He also makes the case that much of what passes for foreign aid is just the latest, very damaging, and not very nice version of colonialism….the “West knows best” and we need to educate the “rest”.
    The book is on your “kindles” which are on their way to belgium later this week, unless delayed by volcanic ash.
    Love
    Dad

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  5. steph says:

    hello les globe trotteurs, vos photos d’enfants avec leurs dessins sont magnifiques, faudra vraiment mettre sur pied une expo à votre retour! Toujours chouette d’avoir de vos nouvelles, vos récits de voyages et vos avis critiques! Je vous donnerai plus de nouvelles par mail, i’m not used to write on blogs that everyone can read, bisou, que votre route continue à être belle et enrichissante, mais comment pourrait’il en être autrement??? steph

  6. luc says:

    Great post guys, thanks! How true! It has thrown me back to the late 90’s when I left the humanitarian business because I realized I was helping myself (career plans, great travelling opportunities, searching for my own self, etc.) and the political causes of the most influential countries of this planet, rather than anyone who actually needed help.

    Thumbs up to these guys at ATD, who are exceptions in the expat world.

    Bon vent à vélo (vent arrière de préférence :-) )!

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