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The Property of Ownership, Africa Land Grabs, and Injustic

I would like, for a moment, to write about the property of ownership. Is the belief that we have ownership over a section of land, building(s), automobiles, and other items, man-made or not, a healthy thing for humanity?

The danger with ownership is that we believe we possess something, but that some-thing also possesses us, many times to our demise. One of the contributing factors to the depletion of many African resources and land, came when the white men discovered they had no law which said they owned their land. They simply lived on the land, farmed for food, and lived a quite communal lifestyle, free of laws. Well, because they had no law, the English decided to make their own, stating that where law did not exist, that land was under the law of Britain, and was free-game for the whites to conquer and claim as their own.

This process of “land grabbing” is continuing to this day. Here is some information about the issue from www.stopafricalandgrab.com:

“Land grabbing is the contentious issue of large-scale land acquisitions; the buying or leasing of large pieces of land in developing countries, by domestic and transnational companies, governments, and individuals. While used broadly throughout history, land grabbing as used today primarily refers to large-scale land acquisitions following the 2007-2008 world food price crisis. By prompting food security fears within the developed world and newfound economic opportunities for agricultural investors and speculators, the food price crisis caused a dramatic spike in large-scale agricultural investments, primarily foreign, in the Global South for the purposes of food and biofuels production. Initially hailed by investors and some developing countries as a new pathway towards agricultural development, investment in land has recently been criticized by a number of civil society, governmental, and multinational actors for the various negative impacts that it has had on local communities.
The target locations of most land grabs are in the Global South, with 70% of land grabs concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other primary areas of note are in Southeast Asia and Latin America.”

I will write more on this subject at a later time… stay tuned and please feel free to comment leaving your thoughts below.

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Water Wells in Swaziland through Thirst Project

Thirst Project is a not-for-profit based in Beverly Hills, California with the mission to provide clean water to the entire nation of Swaziland, Africa.

This past summer I was honored to meet Thirst Project’s founder, Seth Maxwell, and other members of Thirst Project in Beverly Hills at their office. Their leadership has a tremendous passion for seeing the problem of people’s lack of clean water eradicated, and I am excited to share their information and invite to join in giving clean water to a nation in need.

On Thirst Project’s website, you can view their Campaigns where you can read stories of people in need of help, and donate whatever amount you are able to see that they are given hope through water, the most fundamental element of life. The following is an excerpt from the story of Sibusiso:

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“WE FIRST DISCOVERED THAT SIBUSISO’S VILLAGE DOES NOT HAVE SAFE WATER BACK IN 2010 WHEN HE CASUALLY SHARED WITH OUR TEAM THAT HIS ONLY DAUGHTER WAS SICK. AFTER SOME INQUIRY, WE DISCOVERED THAT SHE HAD CONSUMED DIRTY WATER FROM A CONTAMINATED SOURCE, BECAUSE THAT’S ALL THEY HAD ACCESS TO IN HIS VILLAGE OF EDLOZINI. NATURALLY, THIS SHOCKED THE TEAM, BECAUSE THEY’D SPENT WEEKS VISITING DOZENS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH SIBU, AND ASSESSING THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT WOULD RECEIVE WATER FROM THE THIRST PROJECT, AND SIBU NEVER ONCE MENTIONED THAT HIS OWN COMMUNITY WAS IN NEED.

THE TEAM IMMEDIATELY ASSESSED SIBU’S COMMUNITY AND DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE. THE VILLAGE IS SITUATED ATOP A MOUNTAINSIDE AND THE SPRAWLY COMMUNITY IS HOME TO APPROXIMATELY 5,000 PEOPLE. BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THE VILLAGE IS SPREAD ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN, DRILLING DEEP ENOUGH AND PROVIDING A WATER SYSTEM THAT WILL SERVE THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS WILL TAKE MORE THAN A TRADITIONAL HAND PUMP WELL. IT WILL REQUIRE ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX SYSTEMS THE THIRST PROJECT HAS EVER INSTALLED.

OVER THE PAST YEAR, WE SET OUT TO TRY TO FUND THE WATER SYSTEM NEEDED IN EDLOZINI. THIS PROJECT WILL COST APPROXIMATELY $59,000 USD. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE RAISED $19,000 BY THE GENEROUS GIVING OF SOME OF OUR MOST AFFLUENT DONORS AND DEAR FRIENDS. THAT LEAVES US $40,000 REMAINING TO COMPLETE THE FUNDING FOR SIBU AND EDLOZINI.”

Please visit thirstproject.org/campaigns to learn how you can help.

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