Africa Journey - Phoebe Crowder
My journey started in February 2009 when I travelled to Liberia with One Life International.
I spent two weeks living indigenously, travelling, observing and listening to the stories of this fragile country.
In this I heard first hand from locals how little the West understood them- roads were being built, yet starving children were left unattended, "they see what they choose not where we truly are".
These feelings were further impacted in my mind by the meetings I sat in on with large international NGO’s.
Whilst I do not discount large-scale projects, and the importance they hold, the emphasis placed on them negated Liberia’s call’s- what they truly needed at this point- was help from the grass roots up.
From here stemmed my advocacy for grass-roots projects. Change is not immediate, but it is eventual and it’s impact sustains generations. Through education and a “hand-up” not a “hand-out” people can be empowered to help themselves and- in hope- eventually rid themselves of our charitable presence.