Thursday, February 5, 2009

Meet and Greet

We saw that horrific wreck on the way back from Kamion where we had attended a meeting between several NGOs, g’ment officials, Ik schoolchildren and parents. The meeting was called to provide an opportunity for open dialogue between the contributors and the recipients of scholarship money for Ik schoolchildren. There was a huge turnout of several hundred people. The Ik were able to express their appreciation as well as voice some concerns, which were then answered by the panel of donor partners. It was a historical moment because it is rare that recipients of funding on the ground get a face-to-face forum with donors. It was decided that such a meeting will be held every January. We were honored to be invited to the meeting and glad for the chance to learn more about the needs of the Ik communities.

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