India, Fish-Farming, Tom Shoes discussed on Changes Big and Small


Community has said they would like assistance and when you think about sustainable development, it should be the community saying this is what we need not. US coming in as Americans saying, this is what we think you need, and in that regard further, we should be working ourselves out of a job. Like one of our focuses was to teach small-scale farmers who were interested in fish farming about fish-farming, encouraging them in empowering them to do it and TCB teaching them to to teach other the the farmers that we worked with I'm fully confident like we still talk to them every month and they are continuing right now they're ponds are doing well, and they've learned a lot. Of improved through yields have improved their business practices are better methods of keeping records and so on and they're teaching each other. So that's still going on. That's great because it sounds like there's ownership on the local level, right and there needs to be another for. The. What were you doing in? India. I was teaching Eliza teacher at the Canadian school there. But then I did a bunch of volunteering with some local organizations I was teaching computers, and so some schools had computer donations. For example, that were in a locked room. The kids were never allowed to us because they might break it. So I would volunteer add some schools on a Saturday and help with the kids get access to those computer does sometimes for small organization you would try to arrange volunteering but there was nobody in charge of volunteering and then it would just never happen on less one person took it upon themselves but in a large organization that was all of this stuff that you had to do to get access but it was very streamlined, it comes down to what we prioritize and sometimes in a lot. Of organizations volunteering and volunteers is something that gets left behind or it's like if somebody wants to pick it up because as a society, we value money in. So that drives a lot of the decision. So when you talk about volunteering me others the good intentions on social impact of or the interested social impact. But very often we're capitalists world and money drives a lot of those factors that allocate where we prioritize our resources in. That's how communities that have good intentions get left behind. Well. One of the most recent volunteer activities I did in India was actually through my previous school here in Czech Republic. We worked with teach for India and one of the conversations that we had was about we want to make sure that it's not we're not in a position of imbalance in the power dynamic. It's not we're bringing all of this knowledge to you because we have everything to offer and finding ways so that there could be some reciprocity. In this process and I imagine that this is a big component of volunteer work at. How. Do you make sure that it's not just a given? Take a role or the white savior role or even more. Conscious Dynamics to consider there's been some criticisms even of some social companies. because. For example, maybe by providing resources to a local community, some of the local businesses might be put out of business might their repair services need any more? So how do you think about this this activism and the dynamics that can play in volunteer in how have you seen them play out and I was involved with Tom Shoes for Awhile Thomas is a company. that it gets a lot of positive press for you know, giving a pair of shoes with every fair that sold and that's great. If you look at the effects of Potocani Oasis, disease.

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