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Ecuador: Sumak Kawsay as a Way of Life

The indigenous concept of ‘good living’ can be adapted to Western culture. Understanding the indigenous worldview involves questioning how we are traditionally taught to face life. For example, knowing how to distinguish between ‘living better’, the basis of Western development, and ‘good living’, or sumak kawsay in Kichwa. ‘Living better’ is a Western model that …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Smiling Faces of People

For more than twenty years now, Brother Richard Hardi, a medical ophthalmologist, has been travelling through the forest of the Congo to reach the most distant villages and restore sight to people otherwise condemned to a life of darkness. His old four-wheel drive vehicle moves slowly along the track deep in the rain forest. Three …

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Kenya: Pokot – Adango, Dancing Under The Stars

“Adango” is a common dance or game organised by young men, that is played during the nigh, or at the end of some feasts and ceremonies such as “Sapana” (the initiation of young men). The most frequent dance is the one organised by the young men of the community every night. Married people can go and dance as well; but as they …

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Philippines: Empowering Poor People

She has been arrested and detained, harassed and sued; but this Benedictine nun continues her anti-mining activism and promotion of sustainable agriculture in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Sister Stella Matutina of the Order of St. Benedict has received a fair share of harassment because of her missionary work across the southern Philippines. In 2009, she …

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