I recently watched a clip, of a Ugandan comedian in Canada, he was talking about our friends who come into the country with the aim of “helping”, this poverty-stricken country as they see it, and it brought back a lot of feelings toward the subject. Okay don’t get me wrong, people saving their money and fundraising to be able to come and help the different areas in our country is selfless but the notion that they are better than us is perplexing to me.
Please, please, some are definitely better than us but not all, so for you to come and treat people like they are less intelligent is definitely not of God. We would appreciate to know you and learn from you, become long life friends, but please don’t treat me like a mission, I have already been saved by the grace of God.
It’s so funny, a couple of us volunteered for this organisation, you know it’s exciting to help in aiding a change you want to see in your country but the problem came when the international volunteers came, we were excited and many of us made great friends. Keep in mind that in order for us as national volunteers to qualify to be part of this program, we had to have college degrees in relation to this work. We were put in groups of nationals and internationals mixed, but we went through the program like bystanders unable to air out our views and voices, yet we all went through the same training. Again we are not of little intelligence.
In our Ugandan culture, a lot of things are private but Facebook came, lord it came. What am I trying to say, you don’t have to post every little deed you do for people here. Yes, your intentions could be good but please respect our culture and its people. I mean if you helped a man back to his feet by giving them a job to save and help their family, you could omit to post that because men are primary caretakers to their families and their ability to provide brings a sense of pride, they will forever be grateful and they themselves should share the story. Just saying…
When all you post is hungry, sad children and all the bad that you see in our country, people out there may appreciate the work you do more but seriously there is also good, we are a blessed country and we are proud to be Ugandan, why don’t you post about all the free Wi-Fi, great food, happy and loving people amidst our struggles God is still faithful. Let the world see the good too. We may not have it all figured out but we are happy, with the little we have, we help those around us as much as we can. Just saying…
I love meeting new people and learning from them, different cultures and over the years I have made a lot of meaningful relationships with different people, genuine relationships because they appreciate me for me not from which part of the world I come from and they don’t see me as a charity case, a soul that needs to be saved but just me. These people are truly interested in learning about my country and its people and appreciate it, these are my friends.
This is not meant to offend anyone, don’t get me wrong, my spirit just thought I should let, some of my opinions be heard.
From an African girl.