Friday, October 29, 2010

addressing faulty assumptions about poverty

We're enjoying our second day of a three day conference focused on working in impoverished communities.

A few weeks ago we made mention of this book. "When Helping Hurts" - How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself.

Today we get to hear one of the authors, Stever Corbett, speak.  This book is filled with a lot of hard truths about the way our "help" is often times very damaging to the people we're working with and among.  We've learned a lot in our time in Haiti (still learning) and are nodding in agreement while reading this, if you're considering any sort of work with the poor we highly recommend this book.

Here is a link to their site if you would like to check it out.