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The legacy of a tooth brush…
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.
In spine-chilling tales, we often hear the main character say: if I survive this I promise to... and then something positive, of course, that the person may have said before, but had not taken sufficiently into consideration to implement it. Maybe the corona crisis is that spine-chilling tale and you are the main character? (NB. Text in Swedish available in the lower half of this page)
In our village Nakamtenga, as everywhere on earth, measures are taken to meet Corona, or rather avoid Corona. It is important that we do not expose those who are at risk. I feel immense gratitude for the huge capacity of action and the efforts to quickly change our life patterns, which the world has shown instantly! What lessons can we draw and how do we use this power to address all the big issues that will create a better world – and obviously in no time if we all do it together?
Sweden does not exactly come to a halt on the 8th of March, even though the International Women´s Day gradually has become a significant commemoration. However, in Nakamtenga, it is thoroughly celebrated by everyone.