Village Care International was created and operates from the unorthodox and highly effective standpoint that only Africans can solve their own problems by using the resources they have on hand and without dependence on humanitarian aid.
We do that by equipping communities and their leaders with principles and practices that empower vulnerable populations to thrive. The results have been amazing with more than 800 communities in 10 countries currently involved as members of Village Care.
If you spend any time studying the history of Africa you will quickly see that the idea of self-initiating anything has literally been beaten out of the population. With the advent of the Colonial Era in the late 1800s the so-called civilized world turned Africa into one giant plantation where there was no distinction between products and people. People were bought and sold, moved and exported like any non-human resource for nearly a hundred years. Any African who opposed that system was systematically eliminated. The era destroyed a thought process and repressed a natural genetic disposition that all people have to create, initiate and innovate their own solutions.
Without understanding this key cultural cause of Africa’s problems, the outside world continues to blindly pour billions of dollars in aid into the continent. Yet, instead of solving the crisis this constant river of cash has changed nothing. Today, poverty, sickness and death across Africa continue to prevail while Africans have become entirely dependent upon handouts from foreign entities.
According to Village Care International founder David Glenwinkel: “In all kindness, everything we do, everything we have done as donors has perpetuated the mentality of enablement. It is a dilemma because we are convinced that if we stop we will be responsible for a literal genocide of nations. Yet by some peoples’ thinking we have already so enabled some populations that there is no turning back.”