"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded.
And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager

With Ya, my Ga tutor in Mallam
The Rev. Mike Kinman
Executive Director
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
Age: 38

Check out Forsyth School ...
where Robin teaches and
the boys attend.

Since you're already blowing time surfing,
why not do some cool stuff

  • Watch the Make Poverty History videos
  • Watch Sara McLachlan's "World on Fire" video
  • Take a seat at Oxfam America's Hunger Banquet
  • Look at the "Eight Ways to Change The World" photo exhibition
  • See how rich you are on the Global Rich List
  • Make a promise to do something cool -- and get people to do it with you
  • Use your computer to fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases

    While you're at it, do these things
  • Join the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network
  • Join Amnesty International
  • Subscribe to Sojourners Online newsletter about faith, politics and culture
  • Sign the Micah Call and join other Christians in the fight against poverty
  • Subscribe to a great new magazine about women and children transforming our world

    People who show us What One Person Can Do
  • Liza Koerner (Teaching soccer and doing mission work in Costa Rica)
  • Erica Trapps (Raising money so Tanzanian children can go to school -- check out her photo gallery)

    What's happening in Sudan might
    surprise (and shock) you

  • Episcopal Diocese of Lui
  • South Sudanese Friends International
  • The Sudan Tribune
  • SudanReeves -- research, analysis and advocacy
  • Save Darfur
  • Darfur: a genocide we can stop

    For your daily fix on the irreverent...
  • Jesus of the Week
  • The Onion

    Interesting People Who Are Great To Read
  • Beth Maynard's excellent U2 sermons blog
  • Global Voices Online
  • Neha Viswanathan - poetry, commentary, humor, reflections

    Some interesting organizations and programs
  • Borgen Project - poverty reduction through political accountability
  • CARE
  • Center of Concern
  • DATA: Debt, AIDS and Trade in Africa (Bono's site)
  • El Circulo de Mujeres/Circle of Women
  • Engineering Ministries International
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • FreshMinistries
  • Global Campaign Against Poverty
  • Global Ministries
  • Global Work Ethic Fund -- Promoting philanthropy and fundraising in developing and transition countries.
  • Karen Emergency Relief Fund
  • Magdalene House
  • The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Natural Capitalism
  • NetMarkAid - Humanitarian Entrepreneurs
  • North American Association for the Diaconate
  • Peace Child International
  • People Building Peace
  • Project Honduras
  • Results - Creating political will to end hunger
  • St. Paul's Institute
  • Stop Global AIDS
  • TakingITGlobal -- connecting youth for action in local and global communities
  • Tanzania Educational AIDS Mission
  • TEAR (Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief) - An Australian Christian anti-poverty movement
  • Working For Change
  • Xigi.net -- an open-source tool to aid discovery in the capital markets that fund good.

    Some Episcopal churches and dioceses doing cool things
  • Companions of Swaziland - Diocese of Iowa's Companion Relationship
  • International Development Missions -- St. Paul's Church, Sparks, NV
  • The Malaria Villages Project - St. Paul's Church, West Whiteland, PA

    Must-read books and websites about them
  • What Can One Person Do: faith to heal a broken world -- Sabina Alkire & Edmund Newell
  • The End of Poverty -- Jeffrey Sachs

    Learn more about things you really should know more about
  • UN Millenium Development Goals
  • The Millennium Campaign
  • AIDS Matters - a resource for global AIDS professionals
  • Christian Aid's in-depth report: "Millennium Lottery: Who lives and who dies in an age of third world debt?"
  • Foreign Policy In Focus
  • Poverty Mapping
  • Solutions for a water-short world
  • Transparency International: The global coalition against corruption
  • UNICEF's State of The World's Children report 2005

    General cool and/or goofy stuff
  • Alicebot chat robot
  • Bono Quotes -- but what's really wild is that it's from a page on Boycottliberalism.com!
  • Buffy Slanguage
  • Big Bunny

    Useful web tools
  • Gcast - make your own podcast
  • Podzinger - podcast search engine
  • Orb - streaming digital media

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  • Saturday, June 19, 2004
    Didn't go to Budrumburam on Friday. Ann's cousin, Borbi, who used to live there, joined us Friday morning and said we would be much better off going today (which we are) because Fridays and Tuesdays are market days and the traffic is terrible. So we're doing that trip today.

    Instead, we did the tourist thing. Borbi, who has lived in Accra for about 4 1/2 years, was our tour guide. First, we took a trotro and taxi to the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum and museum. Nkrumah was the first president of Ghana after independence and, although he later had to flee the country after he was overthrown (and died in exile in Guinea), he has come back into good graces and now is well-revered. In addition to being the first president, he was also a big pan-African activist (trying to create unity over the peoples of the whole continent).

    Funny thing happened there. When we paid our fee and walked in, the first thing we noticed was that around the statue of Nkrumah there was a whole group of children singing to someone ... and also a couple policemen with AK-47s hanging around. Must be someone important here, we thought. Turns out it was the new Lt. Governor of Maryland, here to talk trade. Well, Ann was laughing because she is from Maryland and one of the LG's aides overheard her and introduced us to him and had us pose for pictures with him (he was traveling with two photographers).

    The museums here are very sparse by Western standards, but having Borbi with us was great because he filled in a lot of gaps.

    After that, we went to the cultural center, which is really just a bazaar for all sorts of crafts. It's like Nogales on steriods ... everyone pulling and pushing you into their stalls and trying to sell you things at way more than they are worth. Ann is a brilliant negotiator and I was able to draw on some of my Nogales experience to get a couple things for the boys at decent prices.

    Then we went to Osu, the tourist district where all the Europeans hang out ... VERY different from, the rest of Accra. Actual stores that you can go into that are air conditioned and that take VISA cards. Very strange.

    From there, we caught a cab to the W.E.B. Dubois museum, which Mackinnon had heard of and really wanted to see. After some delays at the front desk, we were admitted and, after we were joined by a young woman from the U.K. who was in Ghana teaching English in the Eastern region, our tour began.

    Then our tour abruptly ended as our guide got a call that he had to leave us because an important visitor had arrived. A few minutes later, the Lt.Governor and his entourage (which included the VP of Ghana,we later found out) arrived ... which was good for a few laughs. We finished the tour with them.

    The coolest part was that the executive director of the museum came out and helped out with the tour. The ED is none other than Kwame Nkrumah's youngest son. We hung out with him and a resident pan-African scholar there for awhile afterwards as he indoctrinated us into the basics of pan-Africanism. Pretty cool.

    Caught a taxi back to the trotro stop and then a trotro back to Mallam. Tried to post at the internet cafe but the server crashed pretty soon after we got there.

    The Crossroads students were there when we got home last night. 10 of them, all women, all looking tired and a little shell shocked. I'll see more of them tonight, I imagine.

    Tomorrow, it's celebrating (hopefully with a little more polish) at Christ the King. Monday, Mackinnon, Victor, Josephine ("aunite Jo", James' assistant) and I head out for the Western Region to visit the HIV/AIDS programs there (it's her regular quarterly visits). We'll drive all day Monday and Saturday, stay in the district capitals (3 different ones) and do day trips Tuesday through Friday.

    Gotta post this and go as we need to be off soon. Thanks for all the comments. Keep 'em coming! (THough I probably won't be able to post at all next week).

    Love you all.
    Mike at 6/19/2004 04:17:00 AM

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    Global Reconciliation

    EGR is an organization resourcing a grassroots movement of spiritual transformation in the Episcopal Church to end extreme poverty on this planet.

    The structure for this movement is the Millennium Development Goals -- 8 goals committed to by all member nations of the UN and a unique partnership of governments and civil society to:

    *End extreme poverty
    *Achieve universal
    primary education

    *Promote gender equalty
    *Improve maternal health
    *Reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    *Promote environmental sustainability
    *Build a global partnership for development

    EGR resources and connects the church to embrace what one person, one congregation, one diocese and one church can do to make this mission of global reconciliation happen.

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    - Bono


    What I'm Reading
    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin