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Manica Reflections

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Blogs | 1 comment

This is a note from Schalk van Heerden: “Although I studied Development Studies, most of what I’ve learnt about development and the so called poor I have learnt in Manica, Mozambique. I learnt through my engagement with GDM, or Despo as it is known locally. But I did not only learn about the poor and development, I also learnt about the rich and myself. Now I started a blog called Who needs who? and I wanted to mention it here because I credit all my friends at GDM with everything I know and am becomming. It is their love and...

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giving Up

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Blogs | 1 comment

You can bully us with demanding emails that are ‘urgent’ with forms to complete with demands of plans and reports You can score us You can complain and be anal You can offend and insult us by the way you rush without looking or listening You can be patronising We can play dead We can play the submissive, learning slave We can tollerate your hidden assumptions of superiority We can tollerate your unconscious arrogance But don’t be surprised if one day, we say we had enough Enough of your cash, of your buildings of your clothes...

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Reflections from a UK Gapper

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Blogs | 0 comments

This blog is a fantastic reflection and testimonial… you wont regret the time you took to read it. Its a great example of how a young European can be, learn and contribute in Manica. http://gdmthearsenalway.blogspot.com/

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The Buck Stops Here

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Blogs | 0 comments

I’m constantly surprised how money not onley reveals our true colours but often brings out the best or worst in us. Normally calm and cool individuals, when faced with poverty or a request to help, can get totally defensive jittery or rude. If someone suppresses their pride and dignity to the point of asking you for help, at least have the maturity and humanity to decline in a respectful manner. Simple aint it? “Can you help?” says the one, “no, i can’t- sorry” says the other. And no one has to feel bad or...

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Hope and History

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in Blogs | 0 comments

Hope and History

Its funny how hope and history walks hand in hand. Our special moments in the past with special people form the foundation for expectations of better things in future. People and events that surprised us in the past, triggers the expectation of a better tomorrow- which for me means hope. Someone giving me a hand, makes it possible for me to have hope; someone holding my hand makes it possible to have hope. GDM can now release the BIG news that we were chosen as one of 20 Football for Hope (FFH) Centre Hosts! One of twenty, chosen across our...

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The paradox of being Useful and Useless

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Blogs | 1 comment

As rich or white people we love to do two paradoxical things: on the one hand we criticize the poor and give justifications why it is their fault that they are poor, but then on the other hand, even the most narrow minded denialist blamer from time to time dabs in the field of helping or giving. We know that giving a hand-out is one of the most effective ways to keep someone at a distance or to get rid of the uncomfortable proximity of poverty; just think of the beggar at the traffic light. This writing though id not much concerned with...

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A Luta Continua – mais uma vez

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Blogs | 0 comments

It’s weird how many of my journal entries or blogs I want to start with the phrase ‘a luta continua’. The struggle continues. It seems anything worth writing about comes about or is born out of struggle. This morning I had breakfast with John, Brent and Dirk- three UJ architecture students. Two years ago we walked on the site where Futeco Park is now developing. We were struggling through the bush, itching like hell from the ‘Buffalo Beans’. We tried to grasp how the land looked, if it would be suitable for development....

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A Third Summer in Manica

Posted by on Oct 8, 2010 in Blogs, Insights | 0 comments

GDM never fails to amaze me; this summer was my third visit to the club. So I decided to try and tackle this, why have I been there three years running? What is it that makes me keep going back? No easy answer really, but for me GDM intrigues me so much because of the desire of everybody involved to learn and develop and achieve more. Plenty of clubs and communities would be content with the progress already made. But not the people of Manica, and that for me is what lures me back at every opportunity! I want to be a part of it, seeing the...

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Mostly, They Help Us

Posted by on Aug 8, 2010 in Blogs, Insights | 0 comments

Mostly, They Help Us

When development works, it is a process of mutual learning, sincere friendships and creating a new future, a future that we collectively hope for, a future we choose. GDM started the Futeco Park initiative that aims to create safe and beautiful spaces to play and learn. Government gave us 10 hectares of land where we want to build 3 football fields and plant 1500 trees; combining ‘futebol e ecologia’. Infrastructure and Mozambique are two words that does not read well together! Firstly, the Portuguese did not leave much of a legacy...

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Getting and Staying Connected

Posted by on Jun 25, 2010 in Blogs | 0 comments

I’ve spent the last few days at the Laureus Sport for Good Leadership Summit. It is both instructive and inspirational to see how other groups around the world are using sport to better their lives. Yesterday my day ended in a highlight when I not only had the chance to meet two old friends Pannos and Roy, but also Jürgen Greisbeck who started Streetfootballworld! All this networking made me think back to the early years in Manica. About five years ago all of us in Manica thought we were the only group in the world struggling to mix our...

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