Living in the heart of Mama Africa
If we really want to fight poverty we have to set an example for the poor with our behaviour, respect their dignity and work through well organized projects based on sharing and not on the supremacy of one culture against another.
Fortunately, I soon figured out that that behaviour caused some bad collateral effects for the kids. First of all: many kids go to tourists seeking handouts instead of attending school. In this way they not only lose the opportunity to receive a good education but they start to regard free money and opportunism as a way of life.
In fact in touristic areas that I have visited I have found a lot of kids and people just seeking money... while in the non touristic areas with the same conditions of life, nobody has that kind of attitude.
Volunteering and working shoulder to shoulder with the poor, finally, taught me that the most important thing to do there is not to help them, but to understand them.
To understand the culture, habits, way of life and why their society can be so different from ours in Europe but also, on the other hand, so similar.
Only when we have actually understood all the dynamics of the different African societies can we really work together with the people... and that is what the One World Center and Humana People to people are doing from the beginning.