while I am also very excited about the happenings in Mbita, Kenya, I also
would like to forward a call from our frieds in Cameroon. There was quite
a traffic "behind the curtain" and I am very happy that we now can bring
it in the open. The story is always the same: it is not wrong to ask out
loud for what we need, but it is also very important to find ways that
strengthen us all. Thanks very much to Janet for her wisdom and
experience. I feel very much we need a miracle to happen here...but why
not ask for it? We need messengers and ambassadors to fertilize the
GlobalVillages Process, and we must show the efficacy of this process.
Whoever has an idea for resolving this urgent matter, please write to
ACTWID KONGADZEM <actwid_k@...
1. Urgent message of ACTWID KONGADZEM in Cameroon to ensure the last
missing piece of support for participation in a very important conference
on AIDS in Belgrade
Our Dear Franz,
How are you? We are sorry that we just had an
emergency problem to solve as one of our youth
leaders has been given a full scholarship to attend
the 10th International "STOP AIDS Summer School" that
is scheduled to take place in BELGRADE FROM July 30th
to August 8th 2006. The scolarship covers every other
expenses as you will see in the attached letter from
Judith Fiss,Program Director. You may contact her
directly to find out the details from the attached
letter from her awarding the scholarship to WENDI
COMFORT MUNGHO ....
(personal data ommited)
...but anything you have to support us
will be appreciated and God will bless you.
We shall be very grateful to you if you can possibly
mobilise forces to raise money for her ticket which
is approximately suming up to a total of ONE
THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS by SWISS AIR from our
own end here. We ust found out and we got details of a
flight to leave NSIMALENE AIRPORT ,YAOUNDE on July
29th 910 pm local time and arrive ZURICH AT 6.25AM
AND THEN DEPART FROM THERE TO BELGRADE AT 12.15PM and
ARRIVE AT 1.55PM.
Our dear Franz, this is the only opportunity that our
youth has been given this scholarship although without
including the travel expenses. We know that you are
some one to whom we can cry out loudly as a special
friend,so kindly try to see how you can help us raise
money for her ticket ,so that we donot miss this
international chance given to our rural youth for the
first time. In this conference, she is going to make a
presentation on THE RURAL YOUTHS AND THEIR
VULNERABILITY TO HIV/AIDS. THE CASE STUDY OF CAMEROON.
We are pleading to anyone who can support with any
amount of money for the ticket ,no matter how smallit
may be as little dropps of water will make a mighty
ocean. If it is support with a ticket from any
airlines that can leave Cameroon to Belgrade it is
still very much appreciated as one hand cannot tie a
bundle.We know that God loves a cheerful giver.
We shall wait to hear from you on this appeal issue as
the days are near and we were only informed of the
partial scholarship last evening.
Sincerely ACTWID KONGADZEM BOARD MEMBERS led by Wendi
Bernadette ,Njua Geraldine, Tohnyanga
Celestine,Ambijeh Therese,Tabong Godlive, Eugene
Berka, Helen Lonla,Pascaline Ngoran,,Fon Brigit and
2. Response of Franz Nahrada
Dear Ones of ACTWID KONGADZEM in Bamenda,
I have well received your mail below and all the forms belonging to it
although I am currently travelling through Germany as one of the rare
opportunities to evangelize the Global Villages idea, and I very much
regret that I am not able to support you right away. As you may have
noticed my economic situation has even worsened in the last years,
allthough I am running a hotel it means that I am almost totally its slave
without much disposable private income. Even here and now in this rare
moment of freedom I have to partly rely on people giving me little pieces
of support, and I am stretching beyond my possibilities to get that much
more important job done.
But I must say I am very touched by the fact that you do not give up in
the face of the terrible disease - but you spend your energy, time and
dedication to gather knowledge and connections from all around the world.
Young Wendi is a wonderful example of what we need in Global Villages -
people that act as "ambassadors" and "messengers" within their own
communities with worldwide ly accumulated practical advice, well-tested
knowledge and a living world - wide network of support.
I am also very happy that you could raise that generous support from
Judith Fiss of the International Summer School Stop Aids (ISSSA) meeting
in Belgrade at the beginning of August. That is a great gift that must be
valued, and of course they have limited means so they need to say where
they can pitch in and where not. But waiving the fees and having you stay
for free from the moment you enter Yugoslavia is a great gift.
I respect very much the honouring words you said - "that you are the only
one whom we can cry out loudly as a special friend,so kindly try to see
how you can help us raise money for her ticket" - and it of course makes
me think a lot how we can make it possible for Young Wendi to find support
for that very expensive ticket. It seems so incredibly crazy for me that
we here in Europe can spend a few Dollars to get on a flight to another
country whereas you must suffer astronomic prices for a ticket. From a
practical point of view, it sometimes also might be possible that there
are cheaper connections.
Another difficulty is the urgently pressing time. You write: "We are
pleading to anyone who can support with any amount of money for the
ticket ,no matter how small it may be as little dropps of water will make
a mighty ocean." - you are perfectly right, but the rain needs many
summers and winters to fill an ocean and here we are talking about a
matter of days. I am convinced that you see that there is quite a problem
So what can I advise you? I think the best bet is to adress the people
with large help funds, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other
foundations with means to support can pay the missing amount without even
much consideration if the feel the urgence. I think that there are also
many foundations existing that in particular support the work on AIDS. I
forward the material also to Joy Tang of one Village foundation who has
many contacts to such institutions.
But I feel there is a missing element, and I said this many times before:
If people have the feeling that you are building an economy that
permanently relies on external funding there will be less and less support
coming in. Many people see the deplorable situation in Africa and they
know it was the fault of Europe and America to plunder the resources and
destroy the wealth and the power of Africa - but this situation will only
be prolongued in the framework of a mindset that does not show the
willingness for self - reliance and capacity building in every step we do.
The New Economy of the World is entirely based on the capacity of each and
every local community of the world to solve as many of their problems
locally as possible - and only if such willingness is shown, subsidiarity
comes into the game and the forces that build a cooperative alliance of
the "Global Villages" can come for a contribution. And that also includes
all those gatherings around the cooperative alliances.
So I urge you - when you address those foundations - to also show the tiny
"drops" that you could get from your community locally. Show that you do
not just comfortably rely on external help for the total amount, that you
do not abuse and overuse resources, that you really went for the cheapest
flight and so on. That you even are willing to organize community work,
pay back loans and so on. This is just a bit of advice that I can give you
in this moment, and maybe even this little bit of advice will be
understood by many people in your community as arrogance and another proof
of white ignorance and boldness, maybe even a trait of dominance. But it
is not, and some of you know that I really care for your growth as a
community as a precious part of the Global Villages of the World,that I
have proven this in the past, and also care for you in the present - but
that I have had my learning curve. I know that you need this help, I know
that you deserve this help, and I want to help make it happen. And I did
this writing in the framework of doing the best to support you and if
there is appreciation you will listen to my advice - not only in this
case, but in many others.
3. Letter from Wendi Bernadette to Franz
Our dear Franz,
Always a pleasure reading from you.That
is why we said we could always count on you for
help.Your mail has really helped us especially the
advice you gave us and we are greatful and want to let
you know that we will follow it.You are right in
saying we should not only rely on external forces to
get money for we have been trying to raise some snmall
money through our income generating activities just
that we were notified on a short limit.All the same we
managed to raise 250dollarsc and are depending on
people of good will to assist us.
Again thanks so much for sending some copies of
the letter to some friends of yours and we appreciate
the effort you are making to raise the funds for us.We
know that by some means we might be able to attend
this golden opportunity given us.We look foward for
your mobilisation and thanks again for the website
addresses you gave us.It will be of great help to us
for we will try and see what happens.Thanks so much
for being our froend and God will bless you for the
good work you are doing.We are looking foward for any
useful information you might want to add to what you
have given us.
God bless you and protect you
Actwid members,led by president
4. Janets response
Dear Wendi, Franz, and All,
Hello and good to see this reply, as I too received a mail from Wendi
yesterday, and am at once very happy to hear about your acceptance to the
conference, but very sorry abt the financial aspect. I think it may be
important to apply to conferences where funds for travel might be included
in the scholarship. The IAC is one of those, though too late for this year.
To raise such a sum in the next couple weeks is not possible for me
either. Occasionally, miracles do occur, so we can hope that to be the
case, and perhaps some of the others cc'd will have suggestions. You might
appeal to Swiss Air for free transport as a "humanitarian" gesture. There
is also a contact I have made recently with KLM, which usually flies
donated supplies, but--if they operate in Cameroon--might be willing to
consider flying a person.
The Gates Foundation would not give money to an individual for a
conference, unfortunately, because they do not fund conferences or
individuals--as I understand it--and not on such short notice. Unless they
know you personally...have you met either Bill or Melinda Gates? The EU
does have good programs to help people and orgs, but again, I don't think
anything on such short notice. That's why greater "visibility" in eforums
and elsewhere will be helpful, as the more people who know you, the better
your chances of being helped. Again, however, this may apply to your
organization, not to you as individuals.
Grant possibilities are a better bet, again for your org and also with a
longer timeframe. I need to respond to what Franz has said abt the larger
foundations, as my experience is that--for something on such short notice,
and for an individual--only fundraising by individuals (what we call a
"harambee" in Kenya, where friends and neighbors pull together to help)
could raise this kind of sum. Foundations and large orgs always need a
much longer timeframe, with grant applications, paperwork, and the like.
If you do know someone personally, though--say at UNICEF Cameroon--you
might write to them and see what could be done (again, the "local" in this
case, with you being a "known quantity", is the best and perhaps only way
to raise this amount of money quickly).
I would urge you to take advantage of the networks and the expertise--as
well as caring--of those cc'd, and to become involved in at least one of
our related forums, because information and help would then be available,
if not in funding, certainly in information which could help you. I have
several times brought up the issue of computers for you, for example, and
perhaps we can pursue that with Lucas and others (this is someone who says
he knows of computers which can be donated).
I think that funds would be better spent getting you some machines, for
example (since $1700 is abt the amount of shipping it would be), with
which you can better interact with the forums, and also find copious
HIV/AIDS info too.
Along the lines of HIV info, this can also be made available at the
"wikis" of the forums, and I would urge you to pursue contacts with some
of the orgs I sent you info on a couple years ago (HIV/AIDS orgs in
Cameroon), as well as PEP-Cameroon. Did you contact them? We among those
cc'd might be able to build a small e-library--which can be used by our
friends in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and elsewhere too--and perhaps we can also
think abt some kind of e-course on HIV/AIDS, ie something we might be able
to develop at a wiki or via email, if that will help.
It would be good to become involved and make links with others locally,
too, for face-to-face communication (hence PEP-Cameroon). I would suggest
joining the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS too (send a blank mail to
), and see
www.youthaidscoalition.org. I could try to network you with some groups I
have run into lately in Cameroon, ie youth-oriented specifically.
I think it would be especially good to work more closely together on--and
perhaps find a way to "package" this publicly--your cultivation and use of
artemisia, which is a natural product that not only combats the effects of
malaria, but is supposed to help with HIV/AIDS too. This might even be a
product which could be marketed, and the "model" of action you have
developed along these lines.
This is a start, and hopefully we can all be helpful in some joint and
"holistic" way (ie helping you to find locally sustainable solutions). In
that regard, I welcome to the forum which myself and Andrius moderate--and
to which Franz, Jeff, Joy, and Sam belong--called "Holistic Helping".
Please send a blank mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
you are interested. Otherwise, plz join Franz and the rest of us at
Globalvillages, if you are not there already.
With love and blessings, and look forward to finding our collective wings,
the better to be uplifting to all, Janet