I began saying my goodbyes mid January, I was sitting on a rickety wood bench in Embu Kenya, peering into the eyes of my good friend Patrick. I told him, in about a year I’m going to be returning to America and I won’t be coming back for a bit. It would be sad, but I would come visit as much as I could. I started to cry, not big tears but soft tears of recognition that this phase of my life would end soon.
It’s 11 p.m. you’re about to go to switch off the TV and head to bed when suddenly a thin child, face dirtied and surrounded by dirt appears on the screen. She is hungry. The good news is that for only $25 a month we can offer her food and education for the next month, what to do? Do you give, knowing that next month there will be another $25 and that there are millions of other children just like her in the world? Or, frustrated with the enormity of the situation do you hit the power button and walk away?
We have all faced this dilemma.
What I love about our work in Kenya is that Be the Change gives people a third option, supporting the growth of structures in the community that feed hundreds of children … contribute $25 to Be the Change and you support the development of Kenyan-lead feeding programs which reach a whole home of children.
You would think logic, these numbers and success stories would result in a desire to shift the way people support development in Africa but as an organization we face a severe challenge in ‘convincing’ people this new sort of work. Why?