Schoolchildren at a rural school near Kakamega, Kenya (photo by Ryan Secrest).
Wotta great photo.
So many different expressions on the faces.
Incredible photo. Good call putting it up.
Photo by Ryan Secrest?
Not the American Idol creep, hopefully.
Greeting and salutations Oh, Immaculately Tempestuous one!
The spuddish one is hope you and yers are doing well.
Spud particularily likes the absence of Mullets in the shot. ^_^
BOOM! And who pray tell is the Immaculately Tempestuous One?!! THAT deserves the first funny flag on Rogers blog.
I love Kenya and have been there many times.
The sight of these beautiful faces fills me with joy and sadness.
There are too many beautiful African faces starving to death, because there are too many beautiful African babies being born into a world of hunger and disease.
The world cannot keep supporting Africans and they must start to take responsibility for their children, and consider how many they need.
I do not say this flippantly, but with love for them, they are all wonderful people and they must have a chance to have happy and healthy lives. We should support them as best we can in this endeavour.
The problem you underline Carolyn is that they are a third world region "invaded" by first world commercialism and its excruciatingly distant standard of living.
The problem is, unlike the West, there isn't the necessary bulk of middle class in African society (except perhaps the Arabic portions and that's a different world). There is an enormous gulf between the average African and "well off" in Africa. Our world advances regardless and they're left to fend in a society now structured not entirely within their ability to influence.
The result is a burgeoning population. They aren't limited by the realities of what an Africa of say 300-400 years ago functioned under. "That" Africa had a better distribution of wealth generally for its day, and the population "fit" better to it.
Today's is driven by pressures the outside world creates, inadvertently, but Africa lacks the bulwark of a middle class to support what is demanded of it: sufficient wealth to maintain a decent standard of living for the majority of its population.
We do have a responsibility to Africa, not because we're necessarily doing anything wrong, but because they are our fellow man. Our success isn't catching root sufficiently for them to take fully take responsibility for themselves.
They need a broad and sustained wealth generating and distributing society to re-sync to the realities they now face. We need to not just shovel aid to them to consume, but aid that helps them become great competitors to us.
We all get wealthier as a result.
i am a kenyan...and an african at large. was googling for some picture when i came accross this. its great work i see, that you are doing.
the problem in African countries can be summarized as the unequal allocation of reasources and more so, the disgruntlement that follows. the leaders here make it worse...the buck ends with them and like Kenya where i have lived all my life...it was the problem of the 24 year Moi- rule that brought our economy to its knees. with the change of leadership, there have been constant hope, development and optimism ..especially after the lauch of the vision 2030.
altogether, Africa doesnt really need aid as much as it needs empowerment, a place in the world market...just chance and opportunity.
Good day! Thx for your great post and Im thinking about how to introduce my ugg boots to you cos Im not sure if u like this. Many people who live in the cold area like the ugg boots, especially the north-europe.