Africa Reality

After the marshall plan launched by the US Government on 5 June 1947 to help reconstruct the devasted economies and infrastructures of Europe, there was a recognition of immediate need for richer countries to play an active role in the development of poorer countries. On 20 January 1949, the then US President Truman, in "Point Four" of his inaugural address, proclaimed, I code:

we must embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas. More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery. Their food is inadequate. They are victims of disease. Their economic life is primitive and stagnant. Their poverty is a handicap and a thread both to them and to more prosperous areas. For the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and skill to relieve the suffering of these people...I believe that we should make available to peace-loving peoples the benefits of our store of technical knowledge in order to help them realize their aspirations for a better life ( Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States 1964: 114-5).

After 63 years from the time the above speech was made, about two third of Africa´s population has surpassed the state of misery, the knowledge and skill possessed to relieve the suffering of these miserable people has helped twofold to perpetuate the misery. And after 63 years the people have still not benefited a quarter of the stored technical knowledge.

So, our organization concept to developafrica is based on practicality, not on development theories. We can´t keep on theorizing on different development strategies and ideologies when people lack clean drinking water, hospitals, food, democracy, infrastructure, education and threatened by the deteriorating environement. The US injected US$17 billion during the marshall plan to develop Europe, lets inject $5 to developafrica.

We want to improve the living standards of people in Africa, by soliciting for donations, both financial, capital and labour to open up rural maternities, built water resevoirs to treat clean drinking water, provide information technologies opportunities in schools, provide hospitals with modern equipments, provide food in communities affected by famine, provide carbon free energy sources and open up centers for democracy and human rights and clean-up the streets from gabbage infested with diseases.

We can´t affort to see Africa perish in an ocean of surplus, "Africa need help". Acting on a positive idea is more than pundering over the solution. The solution to adverting misery in Africa is a collective commitment to act, for the better reasons of humanity. Building, encouraging and promoting education, community development, science and research through participatory development will set a framework for future sustainable development in Africa.

 

Last edited: 2013-03-01

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