I’ve been home now for a little over a day and have been thinking about how to wrap up my thoughts on this trip. There’s so much that I could write about. More experiences with children and families, why writing letters actually does make a difference… But the thing I keep coming back to is social justice.
Social justice is a weird animal.
Why? Because there is always a question of “who is the hero?”
There are a number of answers one could give; more often than not, though, the answer will be (overtly or covertly) a way of saying, “We are!”
It’s a real challenge for every organization.
Who is the hero of social justice organizations? The program? The supporters? The fundraising model?
Want to know something that’s really, really freeing?
NGOs are not the heroes in the lives of kids like these. Neither are the programs, the supporters or the funding model.
So, who is then? [Read more…]