There is no African, myself included, who does not appreciate the help of the wider world, but we do question whether aid is genuine or given in the spirit of affirming one’s cultural superiority. My mood is dampened every time I attend a benefit whose host runs through a litany of African disasters before presenting a (usually) wealthy, white person, who often proceeds to list the things he or she has done for the poor, starving Africans. Every time a well-meaning college student speaks of villagers dancing because they were so grateful for her help, I cringe. Every time a Hollywood director shoots a film about Africa that features a Western protagonist, I shake my head — because Africans, real people though we may be, are used as props in the West’s fantasy of itself. And not only do such depictions tend to ignore the West’s prominent role in creating many of the unfortunate situations on the continent, they also ignore the incredible work Africans have done and continue to do to fix those problems.
Stop trying to ‘save’ Africa (via nattlezhearts)
Or why I hate charities, especially religious one, missionaries etc. That kind of help is not help, it is interested, it is points in Heaven, it is social standar, it is rarely done for the sake of helping without waiting any retributions.
Non profit and secular associations on the other hand (most of the time their goal is to teach how to fish, not to give a fish)…There are a lot of them out there not getting any support of any sort. Of course.