Peter Ongele engages us
- Peter Ongele,
Thank you for your letters which are very honest and so I share more widely.
Minciu Sodas is a private business which I started in 1998 when I moved to
Lithuania. The purpose if this business is that I be able to make a
living. The mission of this business is to serve and organize independent
thinkers around the world.
We have many wonderful participants in Africa. This is not central to our
purpose, but its understandable because as independent thinkers we are
ever cherishing the widest variety of independent thinkers, reaching out
to include the hard to reach, providing a way for people to show their
integrity and personal growth, accepting each other as equals and
This means that I and Minciu Sodas are engaging and responding to
individuals, not groups or communities. You are interesting to me and
others because you are Peter, not because you can help an African
community. Because we engage you as Peter, we can care about you, we can
support your dreams, we can help you grow strong - if you show us yourself
as a person, how you are growing, how our help can be helpful. I don't
care too much about you earning more money, or about you helping your
neighbors - but I do care about your growth as evidenced by your
thoughtful letters which you share with us as you tackle your own life's
We have seen that by making individuals such as Samwel Kongere, Fred
Kayiwa, Kennedy Owino real to us as people we know, then we are naturally
supportive over time. We see them grow strong with our help - and us grow
with theirs - personally, spiritually, mentally and also financially. As
a consequence, their communities are lifted because as they grow strong
and positive, they will influence their surroundings accordingly. And
also, we encourage them to reach out further and include others who they
This is not about helping people who are the poorest of the poor, or about
sharing resources equally. This is all about demanding the greatest
integrity from ourselves and leveraging that integrity in a human chain
with others like ourselves who allow resources to flow back and forth
effectively. We're not the people at the ends of the chain - we are the
people at the middle of the chain - and therefore we are brothers and
sisters and not rich and poor.
As we include you, if this is useful for you, then surely you can include
those further out and it might be useful for them. If it's not useful for
you, then why should we trouble those who are worse off than you. But if
we can be interested in you as a person - your interests, your values,
your questions, your endeavors - then we will grow to care about you.
Your letters are indeed interesting, but mostly because they reveal you to
us, not primarily because of those people you write about. They are
secondary and if you are interesting to us, and we are helpful to you,
then you will indeed reach out and include them as well.
Others here may think very differently. But I share you my view, which is
that our individual relationships are much more relevant than communities.
Personally, I am most skeptical of those activities led by participants
who don't write about themselves, but simply write about others whom they
are helping. Our laboratory is structured so that we can see the
integrity of people like you (or me) based on your (my) ability to show
your (my) inner life - your values, your investigations, your endeavors,
your accountability to yourself, and mine likewise. How can we know the
integrity of what you or I are doing locally? But if you show the
integrity in your own personal growth, then at least we know that you will
act with integrity with our relationship to you. And vice versa. And if
we reach out and include the people we know locally, then our local
activity will become transparent, too.
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Hi Andrius and All,
I would take this opportunity to explain my illiterate thoughts and
observations which leaves me with traumer and at times get stigmatised
with the culture of the forum (Mincius Sodas Lab).
Public Domain....culture of sharing interests, achievements,
failures,indepedent thoughts/ ideas.etc...of one culture of language
expressions, feelings, actions etc in public to encourage, console,
help, togatherness etc with minimal misunderstandings. Unlike here...
the word OWN and MY dominates the characteristics of the public domain
per my understanding....inspite of known leadership...most discussions
go away with everdays events...this opens door for looters of ideas,
technologies, friendship betrayal and confussions. You can not tell
who is who and actually what does he/ she do... interests. It has
become for me difficult to understand impacts of community projects
run by different people being represented in the forum here. Sometimes
back I exclaimed for a culture of community public accountability and
transperency believing we were of one family...I wanted to get ground
to start from, with our community youth group..wanted to get right
report statements from other community group projects which I could as
well marry to our group...reach away of giving side story of our group
projects...how we do things ...to create that culture of publicly sharing
whatever we have publicly.
When the above met unbreakable culture of the long stayed
independent thinkers I really got discouraged and discomfort. Later
I became morely impressed and encouraged with ANDRIUS
question..."what do we truely want?" Still very few people said
where they are with their projects (I call them elite projects),
where they have come from and where they are going with the
When we talk of helping African community in socio_economic and
innovative research projects...do we really understand where the common
man of Africa is on these agenders?...Let us get to know that more than
80% of African communities live below poverty level despite the all
efforts donors have given out to improve their
lifes._______________Those who are gone to school, those who can write
and read, those who are political activits, those who are leaders in
churches, those who are rich etc have been blessed with the African
commuties situation of being below poverty line. All that is there is
to write proposals, making friends and connections from developed
countries in the name looking for community developers but ends up
creating wealth for themselves. ...__________There is sad true story
I'll never forget in my life as long as I would existing in life
whether on earth or in Heaven....late 1990s when campaign of HIV/AIDS
was stepped up in
Kenya....The Director, a lady called Syporah Gitony awarded herself
salary of Ksh. 2.4 m per month out of the money donors gave for those
inffected by HIV/AIDS...Tell me, what could you expect to be taking place
before reaching the people on the ground? I'm telling you, people were
being burried everyday with even fear of it to be contigious disease.
.... Andrius is this what you are up for...why don't you organise
yourself for the forum to be an instution of based virtue of conduct,
virtue of accountability and transperency with community projects...
such that we do not keep on talking of hanging things without proper
grounds....Surely Andrius whom do you work for, who really benefits in
this forum most_____________sitting down everyday reading and writing
like this is really suprising. The other time I was really socked when
you were saying you spent over $100,000 in making up the lab. please can
you tell me what you were projecting if its not for money the way you
disclaim from your letter below....what I know everything one does in
life is to benefit him/her in one way or other...one time I was a heavy
alcoholic druckard, I never believed there is God or life after death
until when I met the Saviour Jesus Christ in the year 2005 May (Thanks
to God), this has taught me to volunteer, to be a
servant, to luck for the sake of the needy etc believing i'm going to
enjoy my life in heaven... for i believe one has to do work to harvest
what he/ she to sit down and enjoy.________________Andrius can we talk
here of Heavenly Discipleship...don't you see this models people into
selfishness and greedyness, and these kind of people are not for heaven.
I know, I really bore you up with this but it contains points i may not
know to up well and in short, but since you don't want private letters
i'm just to put it here.
Its my prayer before you wage on African community innovative and
socio_economic projects, please stream line the organisation in a
institutionalised forum with culture of systematic community
accountancy and transperency with good and bleesed intention to the
"Peter, Graham, what is the status of our DIY Solar project in Kenya?
Did the solar kit arrive?"
.... No the kit has not arrived. I and Graham have been
vigillantly waiting for the kit to arrive but unfotunately it has
not arrived. Sometime back, I proposed to him if he could send
another kit through the courrier but he was reluctant and has
just sent another one through the airmail again last week.
About the Biochar project, Graham had mentioned it to me before...its
really interesting method of farming. I hope we would do a trial with
him in our horticulture farming at home..... Graham ones you are ready,
tell me to prepare a plot for this at my place along the lake for a
trial. I've talked with your friend Torress who has been in Kenya here
doing the Biochar innovative research and he has agreed to be of some
help. He is now back at home but would be coming back to Kenya in
Jan.2009....I hope he would be able to reach our place to estabilish
this project as we have agreed with him but with your permission. I hope
we are togather.
Thank you all, stay blessed.
I had put this request before...so far nobody has ever come up for my
help. This is personal request and appeal which is to go for anybody
who may have personal feeling to help me, for this period upto Feb.
2009 when I'll finish to pay back my heavy loans I had taken towards my
Andrius otherwise you still remain the my Mincius Sodas Lab. father
anything small would be able to get to me, I'll still appreciate.
I welcome you all and wish you the best.
I've just come accross a paper here which Iwould like to share togather
and can have a look at.... "Unforeseen misuse of bed nets in fishing
villages a long lake victoria__its by Noboro Minakawa et al;lincensee
BioMed Central Ltd."
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the Roll Back of
Malaria(RBM) movement in 1998, with the goal to decrease malaria
deaths by half by 2010....several ITNs trials have shown effective
reduction of deaths related to malaria in sub-Sahara Africa and
INTs thus have become the major too in RBM in Kenya.
"......To combat malaria in kenya, ministry of health and
nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have distributed ITNs for use
over beds, with coverage for children under five years of age. Never
the less, the residents of fishing villages have started to use these
bed nets for drying fish and fishing in lake victoria. This study was
to investigate the extend bed nets are being misused by fish
villagers. In conclussion, many fish villagers are not convinced of
the effectiveness of INTs for malaria preventions...." This shows
something is wrong somewhere...is it by the Social Scientist,
cordination in distribution of these bed nets, understanding of the
community on malaria....at a time any study is done,.. how do the
field questionaires handle the subject on malaria with the community?
I foresee one thing here...what has been there, may be most of
studies which have been carried in the region has been always in the
interest to publish papers but
not with the objective and goal to help the communities to understand
malaria as a disease. No transperent ability for community accountancy on
the roll back of malaria...this is the one thing which has to be broken
through...to advice, train and make the community to be the main and
instutional heart for Roll Back of Malaria with no external in put
Two, from the above paper I read corruption and discrimination of the
bed net distributions....not everybody is a fisherman. ..the quantity
of net needed for drying fish and fishing is too large....how many does
a fisherman dealer acquires for this purpose and how many does those
who are not fish dealers acquire. One group of these people must suffer
to some extend in acquiring the bed nets.... I HOPE from my Bed Net
study this would come out clearly and would give right decissions for
progress in Rolling Back Malaria by the community groups.
Thank you, wish you the best.