This could be viewed as heart breaking, a loss of a dream. However, the wisdom and vission to help seems to still be alive and well for Kjerstin. There is always a tension between the need and vision and the reality of what can be done and the sustainability. I recall reading that Mother Teresa was told she had to feed herself and workers enough, not the same as the hungry or they would not be able to sustain the work. It is a tough issue to act responsibility and to manage well. Integrity and wisdom both are needed. We have found supporters do want workers to be able to do more than survive or hang on by a thread. I have always been thankful for that and try to concuct ourselves responsibly and with wisdom and integrity.
But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. 2 Thess 3:13
My name is Kjerstin, and I used to run an international nonprofit organization. A pretty great one, at that: my organization, FORGE, helped more than 70,000 refugees in war-torn Africa recover from conflict and prepare for a peaceful and self-sufficient future. In refugee camps across Zambia and Botswana, we built libraries, created computer training centers, provided micro-finance and agricultural finance, started preschools, ran health education programs, and more. In short, we helped refugees determine not only what they needed but how they could build it for themselves. No one else was doing what we did, and we could squeeze more out more out of our money than a souvenir penny press.
So…why the past tense?
While there are no shortage of reasons I could give you, the simplest one is this: I starved FORGE to death.
When I started the organization, I was young, idealistic, and naive. Not experienced…
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