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January 31, 2005



"Do people here actually want help or would many prefer just to be left alone to live their own lives? "
Hi there, i just happened to chance upon ur blog from the Thorn Tree forum & it certainly got me engaged! Just wanna comment on the line above as I volunteered in Cambodia before, a short one though, as it only lasted 20days. One of the issues my facilitator got us thinking was this: "Do you think the people in Cambodia are really poor?" They may be poor as compared to the developed nations, but back at home, they are comfortable and happy. And could live Life as normal and happily. I often thought whether we going in to build and set up a computer lab would set them yearning for more from us. I mean, only when u know what u're lacking, then do you yearn for things.


I agree with that statement about wanting more, so the question is whether wanting more is a good thing or not. Lots of people say that happiness is loving what you have. On the wall of my Mama's house in Arusha there is a poster that says "Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness."

Also, in Paul Reader's book "Africa: A biography of the continent." it quotes to say that education is the thing that makes people want what they don't have. I think this is true, but it still doesn't answer the question. It just asks another question about whether it is the lack of or type of education developing countries are getting which is driving their ambitions.

I tend to think that if education is going to drive ambition then it is a good thing. If they come together and are balanced with good principles then things will develop in a positive direction.

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