It’s hard to pinpoint an exact moment when the Western obsession with saving Africa started, but it certainly hasn’t ended. More than one writer has speculated that the U.S. is nursing a guilt complex over its opulence and has sent billions of dollars in foreign aid and hundreds of thousands of college students, mission teams and nonprofit organizations over to Africa as penance.
And while these things might assuage the guilt, how much good is it all really doing? Read More
There are so many things to take away from this video. The first, of course, is that eating chocolate is a genuinely incredible experience that is not nearly as universal as we might think it is—even for the people who supply the cocoa for our chocolate. The second, and far more important, is the realization that people who farm cocoa can't afford the product they're creating (in the Ivory Coast, a bar of chocolate costs four euro. One of the workers referenced in the video here only makes seven euro per day) ... Discuss
When Chris Grava was in college, he did a semester abroad in Cape Town South Africa. His brother Nick went to visit him, but was so moved by the children he met at a foster home for orphans, that he ended up staying, and now helps manage Home of Safety in Khayelitsha. Today, Chris and Nick run a nonprofit that helps local children who suffer from HIV, are orphaned or neglected. During a recent visit, Chris wore a GoPro cam to give friends and supporters back home a glimpse of life at the center, and the resulting video is pretty great. You can learn more about their efforts at Intsikelelo.org ... Discuss