Thursday, 11 October 2007

Millionaires' Mission in Uganda

Well, I've watched two and a half episodes of this fabby programme, and wish I saw all of it. Basically, a group of millionaire entrepreneurs from the UK worked with the charity organisation World Vision in a little village in Uganda in order to show the locals how to generate an income from the resources they have, rather than the usual giving of money for this and that which quite frankly does not work.

Anyway, as I watched, I could not help but admire the entrepreneurs for taking time out from their business empires to help this village. I feel it's what ought to be done in most of the third world to help locals get a business head. I wasn't an easy feat by any means. What these tycoons did was great. They could have just given money, but that wouldn't have been enough. It never is. I talk from experience. Give one food to eat, they are full for a few hours. Teach them a skill and they have that to work with and they can sustain a livelihood with that. That's what these guys did. They built a hotel - not just any hotel, but one where the paying guests teach the local children the english language. They also biult a store for potatoes, and encouraged the locals to form a co-operative so they sell their produce together in bulk to buyers when potatoes are off season. They also had a water system set up, so the kids are not going miles and miles in search of water and have more time for school and kids' stuff. Other projects were undertaken too, and some were not a resounding success. Never theless, a good thing came out of the millionaires' visit, and hopefully the local community manages to carry it off and get something good going for them and theis kids.

Another thing became evident too... corruption in Africa. Shame on the officials who would rather pocket money for themselves than maintain an ambulance or even pay the electricity bills for the local clinic. This is so common in Africa, and it makes my blood boil. People put in charge of things just see it all as an opportunity to fatten their wallets and do as little work as possible. Bloody hell, most could not even keep their appointment times with the entrepreneurs! And when they arrived, hours late, there was hardly an apology, and the expressions on their faces showed disinterest! Africa does have a long way to go, and God help us and give us some good leaders not just interested in becoming filthy rich at the expence of their subjects!