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Impact or Accolades

When we operated in Rwanda, people were chomping at the bit to come and work with us. Why? Rwanda has been a hotbed for conflict (in the past). It’s right next to the DRC, another hot zone. These places are sexy to budding activists. Those that work in these areas are regarded as better, more…

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If I Want to do More?

Clients that come to me wanting to do more than just support an already existing charity, often ask me about starting their own charity or social venture that would serve a developing country. I typically have one standard reply. If you want to serve a developing country (or group of people), you’ve got two choices.…

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THE INDUSTRY OF AID: Charity or Business?

Giving to a charity feels good. If you were raised in America or the UK, you’re likely very comfortable and familiar with giving to various causes. It’s part of the fabric of modern developed society. We know there is a need for charity work, especially in developing regions like Africa. We need emergency food, access…

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Who Needs Celebrity Philanthropy?

The masses continuously lambast the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Bono, complaining about their incessant philanthropic focus and how it only serves to bolster their careers. Why are these celebrities using their star power to generate millions of dollars for charity and garner backing from influential political leaders when they could just keep…

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Fair or Great?

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a significant increase in the Fair Trade movement. In Kenya, the topic comes up daily. “Are you Fair Trade certified?” “No.” The developed world’s habit of mass consumption, starting back in 1920 with the Industrial Revolution, has resulted in an epidemic of inhumane working conditions, inferior products and damage…

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Perfection or Excellence?

I’ve been a perfectionist for most of my life, even as a child. Every poster had to be perfectly centered, the house had to be immaculate, clothes folded perfectly and the list goes on. There are elements of that dynamic that I appreciate and am proud of. And there are elements that I have realized…

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THE INDUSTRY OF AID: Inspire Me

I just read an excerpt from a book called “The Last Lecture”. Mr. Pausch said, “When you use money to fight poverty, it can be of great value, but too often, you’re working at the margins. When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential,…

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We Chose This Life

From the first time I saw We Are the World on MTV in 1985, I was hooked on Africa. I was 6 at the time. I dreamed of coming to Africa to “help”. I had no idea of the journey that would unfold as I followed that dream. As the years passed, my attention was…

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Love Manifests Love

I realize how blessed I am to have a happy marriage, to a wife I admire and respect, that inspires me to be a better man, and that I am madly in love with. We have an adopted son, Francois, from Rwanda that we love dearly. He calls me “father”. I am teaching him to…

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The Worldview Space

After five years of living in East Africa, I understand more than ever, the power of a balanced perspective. When I operate from this perspective, I incorporate much more of humanity into my decisions, as opposed to just my particular needs or desires. Our perspective directly affects our attitude, and more specifically, our default settings.…

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