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Report from our Intern Angela
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.
There is one thing: All the questions, whatever their size, that we are trying to address, in everyday life around us in the village of Nakamtenga, to create a good society for all those who live in it. Then there is the other thing which is the fact that everything that happens in the outside world affects us, and affects the goals we're trying to achieve. The year that passed, 2019 and the first half of 2020 has, to say the least, challenged us in this. But we have a dream! A strong dream and a conviction for a better world! And we hold on to that dream!
Last week we were contacted by the company Iterio, who has been contributing to our work for many years, and asked how they could support our work more now during corona times, as they understand that it is tough for the local people. Yesterday we had a meeting to address some of the things we really want to solve, and decided on this, which is a fundamental issue for both human and environment, both in the short corona term and long term! Iterio has decided to step in and help us get started with garbage disposal in the village! Does it sound unsexy? Far from it! It's magical!
Are you bored? In quarantine? Missing friends, family or grandchildren? Longing for parties? Lost without your work mates? In dire need of going to the store yourself and choose from the shelves and hug the friend you bump into? Well, new situations demand new solutions. Therefore, we want to introduce our Spring Cleaning Campaign! which will make your life more rewarding again.
When city specialists and rural healers join the cause
A common African dilemma hampering health care to a majority of its people is that doctors at times are reluctant to leave the main cities. In Burkina Faso, which counts 0,06 medical doctors per 1 000 inhabitants (Sweden has 5,4), they often get paid per patient. This means the few doctors make very little money working in the countryside. District hospitals may well have a scheme for visiting specialists but, as many patients waiting in vain have experienced, this tends to be more theory than practice.
A German gift to Yennenga Progress turned into health care where there is no doctor.
The mayor of our municipality Ziniaré in Burkina Faso is standing in the street corner of the urban area with a bottle of hand-sanitizer in his hand offering a spraying to anyone who wants it. Most people stop and stretch out their hands. Mayor Pascal Compaoré, who has his family in our village of Nakamtenga, shows with a tangible and clearly visible gesture that he takes the threat of the Corona virus seriously.