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Even this dry soil will improve people lives – with new knowledge
The light Sahara sand dust creates a haze almost blocking the early morning sun. It is already approaching 40 degrees when Susanne, Jari and Noël arrive at their plots and start working the soil, adding another cloud of fine gravel to the air.
Sill and surströmming and kräftor, snapsånger, Midnatt råder and Små grodorna. That is, respectively: Raw herring, rotten herring, sweet water crayfish party, drinking songs, Lucia celebration in white robes and dunce hats plus weird bouncing around the Midsummer pole. Behold this mix of Swedish contribution to global cultural exchange.
Day and night, the sun is running the health centre
Corona made it even more clear: resilience in a society is about not being dependent on the state or other actors, when it comes to the most basic human needs! Even if we are cut-off from the world in another lock down, we will be self-reliant when it comes to energy so that we can keep the health centre functioning and charge our phones so that we can communicate and receive important information.
What Yennenga has accomplished – has really put us on an exciting journey towards a self-reliant and sustainable society, on the countryside in one of the poorest countries in the world! Lifelong education, holistic care and important infrastructure is put into place. Gradually, the level of local financing was increasing. A year ago, one third of the programme budget came from its own local revenue.
Something that nearly all women experience. Do we need to talk about that? YES! Everyone experiences their first-time, everyone experiences messy moments, maybe embarrassing moments, maybe worries? So definitively we MUST talk about it!
We find it a privilege to host interns, to share knowledge about our work, but also to get new perspectives and insights from the students. I believe that the strength of working in a small organization, means that trainees get a deep insight into the projects, as all parts from planning, implementation and evaluation become available. This also means that the trainees really can contribute and make a difference.
“Yennenga’s approach is unique to the aid sector.” Yes, you’ve heard us say this. Often. However, the quote above is a newcomer’s conclusion after having studied the organisation with the curious eyes of a University student.
Any truly committed aid worker would stand up on demand and deliver an electrifying sales pitch to assure us of the relevance of specifically their organisation. I can hardly think of anyone with a more sound base to do so than Stina Berge.
Last semester two Master students in Industrial Engeneering at Lund University, Christoffer Hansson and Rebecca Palmgren, wrote their thesis aiming to... “develop a framework for constructing performance measurement systems that will help organizations within development aid to reach their long and short term goals”
– I believe that our input, although very limited, worked out so well because of Yennenga´s project philosophy. Since the ambition is to make every single section of a society function together, everyone can contribute in a meaningful way. Whatever your profession, whatever your business, there is room for every initiative!
It's time for us to make a real difference: I am Congo!
Ten years ago, the United Nations published the DRC Mapping Report documenting the systematic abuses in this conflict. And yet, not much has happened. We have new laws and resolutions, but we need juridical institutions to secure they are respected!
Peace is not just a word written on a piece of paper. It is a course of action..
At times, it can be somewhat tricky to visualize valuable development activities. While donors naturally want to see how their funds are utilised, quite often the most meaningful structural inputs in a society are impossible to immortalize in a photo.
When Sofie Malm elaborates on benefits like better health and better living, she cannot help also highlighting her personal memories of visiting Nakamtenga. In a filmed interview with Röda Korset’s Folk High School, she presents the recent launch of much improved waste management.
Let us hope that the persons opening the container are informed about its content. Otherwise, revealing a life sized ripped up doll with various internal organs on display may cause some consternation.