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Story One

He did not keep a Journal

by Phil Bartle, PhD


Short stories to illustrate the principles

Kebede was a fantastic organizer. The people of one village wanted a supply of fresh water, and he knew an international NGO that would help them pay some of the expenses. He arranged for a meeting with the village leaders and the NGO, correctly not making the arrangements himself for them.

People in another village wanted a school and he knew someone in the ministry who could access seed money for self help groups who wanted to build schools. People in the villages through the district grew excited, and asked Kebede to guide them in getting their village projects done. The district was abuzz with activity.

Kebede did not carry a notebook. He did not write notes of what he was doing and what the differences were in the villages. He forgot that the village of Hailitown had a working water supply, so they were surprised when some Government experts showed up to assess their water needs. The people of New Bede were mostly Moslems, and were uncomfortable when a woman with short sleeves showed up to discuss their educational needs. They wanted a water supply. In time everything in the district was confused, people became discouraged, they would not listen to Kebede, and mobilization ended.

Note: These stories are based on actual events. The names of people and places have been changed for the sake of anonymity.

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