Audio Interview: The Woman Who Entered a Poor, AIDS-ravaged Community and Left It as a Self-Sustaining Banana Exporter
Posts like this are why the Displaced African was born and what I pretty much live for.
On the 5th of March 2008, an absolute angel amongst men by the name of Fidelis Wainaina died. Aside from being a simply amazing human being (as you will hear in the podcast) what was absolutely amazing about her body of work is that starting with absolutely nothing she helped the constituents of Maseno turn their community from a poor, AIDS ravaged community into a self-sufficient banana exporting constituency that is now on its way to self-created wealth.
Now, sad to say, in this day and age, an event such as her death passed without much mention from the media. However, since I am blessed to have a blog and a means to communicate with Africa and the world, I thought I would do my part to ensure that souls such as hers are never ever forgotten and are in fact celebrated. I also hope that this podcast will help spur on all the people doing good work in Africa and inspire those not in the game of service to dive in.
Before I get to the meat of this post let me give you some very quick tips on how you can help ensure posts such as this reach the most people and have the most impact.
11 Things To Do After You Read This Article
Please do AT LEAST one of the following things after reading this post and/or listening to the podcast:
Email it to all your friends who might be interested in it.
Write your opinions on Fidelis in your own blog (like Sukuma Kenya did )
Link to this article from your blog and share your thoughts on it.
Send this article to your local paper and ask them to do a write-up on Fidelis Wainaina.
- Email world wide online publications such as Pambazuka, Black looks, Global Voices Online, Jamati and allafrica and ask them to do a feature to commemorate Fidelis.
Start up your own initiatives like Fidelis’ Maseno Interchristian Child Self Help Group (MICH) and let me know about them so I can interview you too.
Share this article with your friends on Facebook (there is a link that allows you to do so at the end of this post).
- Stumble this article and expose it to millions of people all over this world (if enough people Stumble this article around the same time, it can be read by up to 1000s of people within the next 24 hours). There is a link that allows you to Stumble this article at the bottom of the post. If you are not a member of StumbleUpon, make sure you sign up-it’s free. It is one of the greatest websites EVER!
- If you are a journalist or film maker or involved in any form of mass media, do a special on her and feel free to reference this post or any of its contents.
- Do what you can to get the word out about Fidelis, her work and similar projects.
If you know anyone else who I should interview because of the good work they do, do not hesitate to contact me .And for helping me with this, I thank you a lot.
Without Further Ado
The first podcast in the history of the Displaced African (yay). Hope it inspires you.
The file is 45 minutes long so feel free to Download it and carry it on your ipod (Download it by right clicking on the ‘Download’ link below the player, selecting “Save File As”/ “Save Target As” and letting the goodness flow from the web to your computer )
Some Quick Notes About the Podcast
1) I understand that some people do not quite agree with the view presented in this interview of why the violence in Kenya broke out – i.e. that a lot of it was a direct attack against Kikuyus as either perceived revenge or to displace them. That’s fine. It’s not the main point of the interview anyway, and we were not physically in Kenya during the violence so we could definitely be wrong.
2) Any notes on how to improve my interview technique or any questions that weren’t fully answered, leave a comment or contact me and let me know.
3) Fidelis’ organization is known as Maseno Interchristian Child Self Help Group (MICH)
4) The exchange rate we were discussing was the US Dollar vs the Kenya shilling. To check out exchange rates, visit the Yahoo currency converter.
5) The Luo name for her was Nyar Okuyu.
Listen to Fidelis Wainaina give a speech: “On the Front Lines of Poverty” during the Micah Conference 2007: http://www.kingsu.ca/micah/audio/WedAM-Fidelis.mp3
Article regarding her death from Australian organization, TEAR (She was supposed to visit us during this Australian tour…sigh!): http://www.tear.org.au/projects/news/a-tribute-to-fidelis-wainaina/
A short story regarding Fidelis from the ONE Organization: http://www.one.org/blog/category/fidelis-wainaina/
Another brief article about her death:
World Evagelical Alliance also mention her death: http://www.worldevangelicals.org/news/view.htm?id=1711
For more information, also check out the Google search results for the term: Fidelis Wainaina
Please don’t forget to do one of the 11 things listed above as soon as you finish reading this article. And of course, if you enjoyed this podcast and want to make sure you receive updates when I begin doing regular inspirational podcasts, please subscribe to the site for free via either:
Be blessed and bless others,