Monday, September 13, 2010

When helping hurts*

... but not really.

(Why is the pregnant woman with a baby on her back carrying the bigger, heavier jerrycan?)

*BTW: "When Helping Hurts" is a reference to a must read for all community development workers who commonly cause harm by the unintended consequences of their well-intentioned efforts. I am chief among offenders, but  there is hope. We are learning, and are determined not to make any mistake more than two or three times. Attempting to discern the profound complexities of  “helping” makes development work extremely challenging and gratifying.