One need not go as far as mutilate children, rape women or wage war to see how barbaric man is.
Just count the boogers wiped on to the walls of the office toilet.
Non-government organisations—most notably with the example of the International Committee of the Red Cross for a century and a half now—have played a vital response system to victims of conflict situations and disaster-stricken areas. The region’s post-conflict economies—Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar easily come to mind—are ripe for an aggressive wave of social development.
The poverty, which has forced so many to steal; the hypocrisy inherent in Filipino relationships; our pakikisama, wherein we don’t ostracise the corrupt but instead greet them with handshakes and smiles. Our cowardice. All these basically obstruct the creation of a just society.
Films are essential to the intellectual awakening of people.
How you spend your time is what might become of you.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Usually this can also be applicable to what we actually love doing or what we do for a living.
It has always been a weakness for many small non-government organisations that donors tend to ‘own’ them and their programmes in the communities where they work. But a new model in development—community philanthropy—is emerging through forms of community foundations shaped by local context.
We have non-profit organisations because we have trouble with the idea of profit; and thus our integrity is in trouble, too.