I was asked by Mocha Club to write about the concept of why ‘I need Africa more than Africa needs me.' Mocha Club (www.mochaclub.org)is a community-based website where members can start a team and invite friends to join them in giving $7 a month – the cost of 2 mochas – to support a project in Africa. Mocha Club's vision is to provide a way for people who don't have hundreds or thousands of dollars to make a difference in Africa.
So when I say 'I need Africa more than Africa needs me' really pushes me to think about how much I need to change some things in my life. To be honest I don’t even drink coffee and I wouldn’t know a mocha if I tasted it. But I do know what is like to have 7 dollars that I could stop spending somewhere else and give it to other people. But here is the issue: I don’t know how much I care about other people. I do know one thing: I want to love people more than I do today. I want my family to make changes that can impact the world. I want us to live in a way that is counter cultural, which to me means leveraging all that we have for the good of others.
Maybe you would be so kind and share your thoughts in my comments, and even blog about it yourself. Join in the worthwhile cause of recasting the damaging images that force pity over partnership. Come back Dec 1st to see what Mocha Club is doing about reforming that image.