Thursday, September 5, 2013

They had a book, I read a book.

The Power of Half is about a family who decides to take on a huge project to help those who are less fortunate.

They decide to sell their gorgeous giant home and give away half to 'charity'. The book was slow at some times but it was really neat to see how much they cared about the cause and how committed they were.

I would love to know how they are doing now.  The causes they gave to were all supposed to improve the lives of villages in Ghana over the course of five years.

I truly loved the lesson they learned about being hands off. The whole "give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for life." They had to learn the hard way that they needed to provide a solution, not a fix. It was interesting to learn that many different groups come in and 'fix' things in Ghanian communities such as repainting the church six times in one summer or building wells that the citizens don't know how to repair. They are creating dependency.

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