Welcome back! I hope you guys had a great break, that is, I hope you all caught up on sleep and forgot everything you learned last semester. We had a pretty short meeting but we had a great discussion about our hopes for the club: better communication via the blog, Sunday documentary parties and more get-togethers. Excellent ideas, everyone!
Next week we will have another short meeting along with a presentation from Pitt student Lionel Levine about his organization Butterfly Medical. The week after next (Jan. 25th) Pitt's One Life One World will show us the movie "Child Soldiers: Modern Day Slavery", followed by small group discussion.
The Minorities in Pittsburgh conference is January 29-30 at the University Club by Towers, and this could be a really great opportunity to network with other organizations and look for future sponsors for Project Malawi. We were thinking about sending a small group to the conference, so if you're interested in going, email us. In addition, like every year, we are sending a group of four members to the Unite for Sight conference at Yale April 16-18. This is a great opportunity to learn more about global economic issues and hear some awesome speakers. If you're interested, email Bethany (email@example.com).
Finally, another great movie:
"What Are We Doing Here?"
Wednesday January 13, 2010
6PM, A115 Crabtree Hall
WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? explores why the charity given to Africa over the last five decades has been largely ineffective and often harmful. The film tells the story of Brandon, Nicholas, Daniel and Tim Klein who travel across Africa in an attempt to understand one of the great problems of our time; the failure to end poverty.
In the film, the Klein family travel 15,000 miles via public transportation from Cairo to Cape Town. They cross war torn and famine-ridden regions where aid workers, politicians, and inspiring individuals tell about the incredibly complex and often misunderstood issues that affect hundreds of millions of people across the continent.
Daring to ask the questions no one else will, the filmmakers invite the world to rethink the fight against poverty in Africa. Could our good intentions be causing more harm than good? Have humanitarian interventions prolonged suffering? Who is actually benefiting from our good intentions? These questions and many more are addressed for the first time ever in this groundbreaking feature length film. If you ever wanted to know what happened to the $10 dollars you donated to charity last year, look no further. This film will change the way you look at charity in Africa forever.