Last week i participated into the Tanzania Knowledge room moderators training held in one of the major truck stop along the Central Corridor (called Chalinze) During the SALT visit i learnt something that touched my heart: When communities are engaged through the SALT approach; on how they are responding, issues worrying them in life and their dream. They deeply reflect on themselves and wonder!,they become angered and generate passion to act.As they ask themselves on why it has taken them too long to address their issues.
During the SALT visit, We spoke to one driver and his turnboys who had this to share '...what a coincidence! i have been asking myself many questions around HIV/AIDs and how we can support our colleagues to change. i was not expecting any one to come and share with us on issues that have been worrying me as a truck driver. Am really greatful and turn boys are here with me. We openly talk about this issue of AIDs with them while on the road because we see how our friends are suffering. For those we speak to about the issue they get so Angered NOT to beat any one but for helping them to deeply reflect and acknowledge what they have over looked and has subjected them to risks and on how they can find the next step in faith... When we meet along the transport corridor again, they would want us to continue to share with them NOt because its their issue BUT our issue. It really awakens and brings peace in our work... i really liked the way we began this conversation.You feel the issue right from yourselves and everything will come from inside(Very Intrinsic).....

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Comment by Gaston on December 29, 2008 at 1:52pm
Great posting Onesmus. While reading it, it reminds me to first think about myself (again). Your words replace the 'observer-role' or seeing us as the 'subjects of development' and replaces it with genuine reflection on every level.
Comment by Onesmus Mutuku on December 22, 2008 at 5:51pm
We saw that in TZ last week.

Comment by Onesmus Kalama on December 22, 2008 at 5:42pm
I am already begining to get angry Onesmus. This is inspiring. The time to get hungry for local solutions is surely with us NOW!...

Comment by Onesmus Mutuku on December 21, 2008 at 9:17pm
Thank you Marlou,
Its amazing!
Comment by Marlou on December 21, 2008 at 12:26pm
wonderful reflections Onesmus - a holy anger, leading to a holy hunger for action and creative solutions that can be found together. Thanks for sharing. Hope to read from facilitators in other countries how they have seen the same anger coming up - and what happened after?


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