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An African Woman’s Open Letter to Melinda Gates – via Little Catholic Bubble

I found this piece fascinating on many levels, especially comparing the differences in values between Western and African cultures in a wide variety of aspects. I think it also illustrates the savior-mentality that Westerners have when it comes to poorer countries. True charity is not throwing money at something or someone to make you feel better about yourself; it consists of humble self-giving and receiving that can only begin with beginning and growing in true relationship with others, because only then does it become clear what each person needs and offers. This is as true with family and friends and neighbors as it is with people half-way around the world. Love and humility must come first =)

P.S. be sure to read a follow-up piece: Do you intend to speak for every African woman?

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