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Women in Congo Succeeding Together

by: rb137

Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 12:39:29 PM EST

Some of you here know me and are familiar with my interest in development and gender equality in Democratic Republic of the Congo. You have extended kind comments and interest in diaries I've written about HEAL Africa in the past, and expressed interest in new projects I stumble across. Well, today I want to tell you about something new and wonderful. I also have an action item for you at the end.

First, I want you to meet Judy Anderson. Here, she is being interviewed at Clinton Global Initiative while she was director at the US based HEAL Africa, which she and her husband Dick founded:

Judy is a talented facilitator. She has been working with national leaders, vulnerable people, and communities to find real solutions so people in Congo can build a better life. She grew up in Congo, and has been focused on helping groups address health, leadership, gender equality, economic growth, and conflict resolution for most of her adult life. Her focus and commitment recently lead her and Dick to found a new non-profit organization called ACT for Congo.

ACT's website is under construction and the tax status is still pending, but Judy is hard at work supporting real change. I think this organization is a genuine treasure. Following lessons learned by Robert Chambers (see Rural Development: Putting the Last First or Whose Reality Counts: Putting the First Last) and Paulo Freire, her goal is to find a way to support effective development projects in Congo that are run by proven Congolese community leaders and grassroots organizers. She partners with credible organizations who are doing effective work and demonstrating measurable, positive change in DRC communities.

International relief organizations have their role in helping countries ravaged by famine, upheaval, and war, but they execute temporary projects with finite goals. External relief does not often create any lasting positive change. Lasting change in Congo has to come from the people of Congo.  

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The Daily F Bomb, Tuesday 2/11/14

by: Floja Roja

Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:17:03 AM EST

Interrogatories

Have you ever seen a streaker? Have you ever been a streaker?
Has anyone ever flashed you?
In any parts of your life where you are an authority figure (parent, classroom, office, etc.) do you think you are strict, or permissive?

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Monday 2/10/14

by: Floja Roja

Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 08:18:49 AM EST

Interrogatories

At this writing, I am listening to people on TV talking about various kinds of addiction, which leads to these serious questions.
Have you known many drug addicts? Have you lost friends or loved ones to drugs?
How about alcohol?
Smoking?
I've lost loved ones to all three, I'll bet most of you have as well.

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Friday 2/7/14

by: Floja Roja

Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:40:49 AM EST

Interrogatories

Are you touchy-feely or reserved? Do you hug a lot?
Do you ever fly the American flag? Any flag?
Do you often attend theatrical events (including ballet and opera)? How about museum exhibits? What is the last of any of these that you saw?

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Thursday 2/6/13

by: Floja Roja

Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 08:31:33 AM EST

Interrogatories

Do you go along with the re-naming of stadiums and ballparks after corporations, or do you insist on calling them by the original names?
Do you think that the U.K. should dump their royalty, or are they worth maintaining?
Do you lend out things (tools, money, books), even if you know there is little likelihood of seeing them again?

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Wednesday 2/5/14

by: Floja Roja

Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:33:29 AM EST

Interrogatories

What is your favorite source for weather information? Do you have a weather radio?
Nutella: Love it or hate it?
What is your favorite game involving hitting balls with sticks? Are you any good at it?

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Tuesday 2/4/14

by: Floja Roja

Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 08:26:49 AM EST

Interrogatories

If you could travel to any fictional world, where would you go?
Miracle Whip: Good food or abomination?
Are you ever a klutz? Any embarrassing stories?

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Monday 2/3/14

by: Floja Roja

Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 08:05:25 AM EST

Interrogatories

Have you ever been in the cockpit of a plane? Have you ever flown a plane?
What's the smallest plane you've been on? The largest? Have you ever flown in a helicopter?
Would you go to the Sochi Olympics, given the opportunity? Would you take your family?

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Friday 1/31/14

by: Floja Roja

Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:30:32 AM EST

Interrogatories

Is there any song that would always make you sing along?
Do you start every morning with coffee or tea? How do you make it? If you don't do either of those, what DO you do?
Do you care what you wear when you take out the trash, get the paper or mail, etc., or do you just go as is?

The Twitter Emitter

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The Daily F Bomb, Thursday 1/30/14

by: Floja Roja

Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:42:00 AM EST

Interrogatories

Have you ever been to a rodeo? Polo match? Other equestrian events?
How about car races, rallies, etc.? Ever drag race?
What bumper stickers do you have on your car?

The Twitter Emitter

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