Archive for the 'feedback' Category

betterplace Workshop in Mali

Youchaou’s school in Mali, Westafrika, is one of my favourites (well, I also have a few others, but this one is really good). And this, not only because my family and I visited the project last January and spent a great day and evening with Youchaou, Jürgen and the street children he supports with a daily meal in his courtyard. My enthusiasm has more to do with the approach itself – a local initiative strategically supported by outsiders in a respectful and cooperative way. Imagine my reaction when I received this photo:


It shows participants of a workshop in Bamako, Malis capital, learning how to use betterplace, so that the stakeholders of the project can blog about it directly. This is the idea of the Web of Trust: give as many people as possible a voice in order to increase – or shatter – trust for a social initiative.

I hope many people will support the scholarships for needy children.


3 lorries full of sand


The lorry offloads sand for the construction of the AIDS-Orphanage in Mombasa. betterplace-users donated 203 Euro for the purchase of three truckloads of sand. 

A few weeks ago I already blogged about Ann Wambuas perfect feedback – the results have now been uploaded and can be seen here. Only drawback: the photos don’t (yet!) come with an individual comment.

Experience giving!


The part I really love most about my work at betterplace is the feedback project managers are sending us (I might have written this before, but that’s the way it is). Normally they do so by e-mail, blogging or uploading photos on their project blog. Not so Ann Wambua, who runs Cecil House in a village near Mombasa, Kenya, an orphanage for children, who have lost their parents to AIDS. Since I first started corresponding with Ann 2 years ago, we have exchanged dozens of text-messages, as Ann has only infrequent access to the internet and hasn’t got the technological resources to scan in photos etc.

Thus I have helped her to publish her project on betterplace. In February we were finally able to transfer the first donations for the renovation of the orphanage to her and today I know exactly were the money went: in the parcel, Ann not only sent all receipts, but also heart-warming thank-you notes from the children, as well as a full photo documentation of the work process thus far. Now everybody who has donated to the project can see how the lorry transported the building materials to Cecil House, how the renovations were done and how happy the children are with the results.

As I am leaving for Laos tomorrow I will only be able to make them accessible to all project supporters after my return, but I couldn’t resist sharing my joy at least in this blog. Thanks Ann!