Community Transformation

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Community Transformation
Richard John Squires, Member, Business Consultant, South Africa

What do we need to do to get BoP Communities out of where they are.

Well this month my family and I have completed five years without formal income, this after a lifetime of silver spoon existence - what an experience; thankfully we are on our way out. The 'first world' has spent billions on aid, soft loans, welfare, food and the like for the world's indigent; has it made a difference? What is missing? The popular belief is the people have made a choice to be poor and choose to remain in that state, in fact nothing could be further from the truth. How is it that governments, the intelligentsia, foundations, grant-makers, all in the social sector have failed to find the 'magic formula'? I guess we have all been looking in the wrong place and talking with the wrong people. Many (most?) have set the value of money above the value of people. The power of money is expected to make a difference, but money is powerless only people can make a difference. In our modern, mainly egocentric world there are few who are prepared to give of themselves, to give enough to bring real change. The few who are making a difference invariably have to work without material support and little or no recognition. Our God saves, our God heals, our God lifts up but He uses people and their faith to do it.

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