Friday, February 04, 2005

an uplifting story from Kibera

Non-governmental organizations, even sports groups, can do good things on a case-by-case basis. This recent article from Guardian shows how tennis pros are working with kids in Kibera, the sprawling mud hut city of Nairobi. A warning here, though: the 13-year-old quoted in this article as saying "If you can give a quarter of what you have, it will be enough to make us have a better tomorrow" is sadly articulating a common theme. Dependence on donors is big business in Kibera. Some charity is certainly good. But when it becomes an addiction, as I believe it has in much of Kenya, it can become dangerous.

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