"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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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2004
    Today, we got up early and drove out of Accra to Ho, which is in the Volta Region. It was a 3.5 hour drive through some really beautiful country. When we got there, we attended a long meeting of reps from the different NGOs in the region that are working on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. The regional director for health ministries for the regional govt. was there, so everyone was really excited.

    It was an interesting meeting ... NGOs here are really struggling for funding. CENCOSAD is in really bad shape right now because about 80% of its funding comes from one foreign aid source, which has already released the money to the Ghanian government, but the government (Ghana Health Services, to be precise) isn't releasing it to the NGOs because it is still looking for the right mechanism to release. In the meantime, salaries aren't getting paid and funds are really, really tight.

    They also told some stories about people living with AIDS and the stigma they suffer from and the ostracization that remind me of the U.S. in the 80s only a lot worse. And of course, the big problem here that we never had in the U.S. is the orphan problem -- 700,000 in Ghana alone ... and Ghana's HIV infection rate is a low (for Africa) 3.6%. And the people who are doing the most to fight it are these NGOs that are being held together by duct tape and good wishes.

    Given all that, the most amazing thing is that these people are dauntless. I truly believe the only thing greater than the obstacles in their path is their determination to overcome them.

    I was going to go back to Ho this weekend to do the rounds with the NGO folks visiting people living with HIV/AIDS, but since that's pretty much what I'm going to be doing in all my visits to the Western part of the country all next week and since it would require Josephine, James' hard working deputy director, to make an extra trip she wasn't otherwise going to make, I told them not to worry about it ... that I would stay in Accra this weekend. Besides, the Crossroads students (10 college students from around North America) are showing up Friday night and I think they could probably use some help around the villa this weekend. Some of these students are just out of high school and others are freshmen and sophomores in college and for many (most?) it will be their first time in the developing world. I know this would have freaked me out when I was 19! Anyway, I just have a sense I can be of some help staying put ... especially since I'll be on the road all next week.

    On the way back from Ho, we stopped at the dam on the Volta River that supplies 90% of Ghana's power (and that formed Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world). We got a tour of the outside of it and then when the tour guide discovered that James used to be his tutor in school, he said that when we came back with Robin, he would give us a special tour of the inner workings of it.

    The country up there is so beautiful ... big hills (they'd pass for mountains in Missouri), with lush green everywhere. A lot of small towns spring up alongside the roads. Not as much concrete, more mud brick and thatched roof houses. We passed any number of schools that didn't have buildings and so the classes met under the shade of big trees (but they were all still in their orange and brown school uniforms).

    Tomorrow is a LONG day. Bus into Accra and spend the whole day wandering around Ga Mashie seeing and filming different CENCOSAD project sites, and other efforts. James is really excited about this video ... I'm trying to get him to temper his expectations seeing as I've never made a video before. Hope the software can cover a multitude of rookie mistakes.

    Gotta run now. It's late and bed is calling for morning will come early (the Pentecostal church outside my window has moved up their choir rehearsal time from 5:30 a.m. to 4:45 a.m.!)
    Mike at 6/16/2004 03:55:00 PM

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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

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    - Bono


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