The available literature on African Poverty and how to end it in our generation is full of brainwashing ideas. In this book we want to:
(i) Express our concern against Western mentality that has not been helpful to Africa for decades since African flag independency in 1960s They have PARALYSED, Injured, Diseased Africa;
(ii) Challenge the majority of African leaders and professionals (elites) who have KILLED Africa;
(iii) Resurrect common African Citizens who have BURRIED Africa.
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The Gongali Model is a visionary movement initiated by passionate and enthusiastic pioneers who are responding to a special calling to lift Africa out of poverty through a bottom up approach. It is named after a small village in Karatu, Tanzania, called Gongali, where the community accepted the vision aggressively and promptly put it in ACTION. The model promotes holistic sustainable transformational development in all human aspects based on a BOTTOM UP approach (from individual level, family, village level, District, region, to higher levels). The final goal is to transform peoples life holistically!
The MISSION and activities under the Gongali Model include, but not limited to, a PARTICIPATORY approach, encouraging the whole community to cultivate the spirit of selfreliance; aiming high, fight POVERTY, IGNORANCE, DISEASES, AND SIN; and change their mindset; Establish income generating projects in collaboration with the government and other development partners. We emphasize strong Educational Institutions (from Kindergarten) and investment in various industries (in collaboration with other relevant institutions). We are determined to STOP dependency on DONATIONS from rich people and countries and encourage our country to put a deadline (shortest possible duration) to receiving DEAD AID (a small and insignificant or non strategic aid/donations provided by the rich countries to poor countries. This kind of aid has MANY NEGATIVE impacts to recipients).
CALL Consider the words of Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere: Those who receive this privilege [of being educated] therefore, have a duty to repay the sacrifice which others have made. They are like the man who has been given all the food available in a starving village in order that he may have strength to bring supplies back .
FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN A BOOK ON GONGALI MODEL
This is a very simple book that is suitable even for lay people and it is written unprofessionally by a professional Ph.D holder with several publications in internationally renowned journals. The author has decided NOT to follow the common path of authorship partly to revolt against the culture of brainwashing. He suggests that some of the renowned and popular development strategies might be effective in USA, Europe and elsewhere BUT are NOT necessarily suitable for Africa. If those strategies were also suitable for Africa, then why are they not producing commendable results? The Gongali Model encourages the new African generation to think in novel/new ways without concentration on western mentality and traditional African ways of doing things and concentrate with new revelations; FREE HONEST MIND. Free thinking! Do it the way it works better for you and for your community! Nevertheless, the Gongali Model encourages its followers to know well their history and the history of Africa and all their adversaries and friends.
The Gongali Model is based on bottom up approach which is scientifically proved to be the most stable structure/system in the universe. Several literatures referred in this book (in one way or another) are listed in Appendices. The reader of this book is advised and encouraged to refer to those literatures which, by the way, are written professionally. We feel that Africans can do their things in their own way, even on how to write a book professionally!
BIG THREE (3) ENERMIES OF AFRICA
After reading diverse literature on African poverty (summaries available in Appendices), the author of this book summarizes the reasons for AFRICAN POVERTY as due to its BIG THREE (3) ENERMIES:
(i) Colonial countries (Europe, America, and Arabs). These countries have PARALYSED Africa IN ALL ASPECTS (economically, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually). They historically dehumanized Africans through slave trade, degradation of African dignity, colonialisms, flag independence, structural adjustment, unfair trade, dead aid, freemarket, burden of national debts/debt repayment, some heartless NGOs that discourage selfreliance/encourage dependency, foreign companies that are stealing African wealth, and questionable policies of the world organizations such as World Bank, IMF, and WTO. The list goes on and on. Even now (in 2011) there are many questions than answers on some actions of Western countries to/in Africa!
(ii) Most of the African leaders and professionals (African elites). They have KILLED Africa. Most of these people have closed their eyes and pretend not to see or ignore the plight of the majority of the common African Citizens. They are very selfish, corrupt, and myopic (not visionary). Most of them are just thinking of little petty things like buying a car, building a house, getting married and having children, getting a second wife or a hidden lover; somewhere else, drinking alcohol, etc, end of story! Majority have no SIGNIFICANT passion for helping the needy (orphans, widows, sick, old people) and the poor!
(iii) Common African Citizens (less educated and uneducated). They have BURRIED Africa. Most of the common citizens of Africa are lazy, not innovative, lost creativity, ONLY complaining, embraced and loved their historical enemies (diseases, ignorance, poverty, and sin). They have allowed divisions in their society and are interested in finding more reasons for entertaining divisions. They encourage tribalism, religious divisions, wrong approach of political multiparty system (based on envy and rivalry), globalization (diverted attention), and dependency; expecting help from elsewhere! They are expecting government, NGOs, and few blessed individuals to do everything for the needy community. Some religions have also misled their communities by leading people to directly or indirectly believe that God will perform miracles even though they do not work hard and that believers should not be materialistic. They insist that believers should NOT look for worldly pleasures and this means they can just accept poverty; after all, they claim, blessed are the poor, for they will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. The same pastors and/or religious leaders who preach those hypocritical things are themselves almost living in small heaven on earth. They are exceedingly rich and famous, yet they suppress their communities and do not even care for the needy people in their congregations. These concerns and many other related issues are described in a book entitled The Gongali Model: Does the Religious Community care about African Poverty? (Call for the RELIGIOUS communities to LIFT Africa out of POVERTY).
EYE WITNES IN KOREA! After living in Korea for five years (until 2012) I have learned fascinating lessons which have transformed my life for good. Korea is amazingly developed to the extent that it is almost impossible to believe its recent history of poverty. They have giant buildings, amazing roads, abundant electricity, more than enough clean water, high literacy level, many universities and countless other institutions, numberless factories, extended life span, etc, etc, just imagine next to perfect system compared to horrible situation in Africa. My question is how is this possible? Why is it NOT possible for Africa? The current situation of Africa is described elsewhere in this book. There are things that are already in museum in Korea since 1970s though in 1960s Korea and Africa was at the same level. What is wrong in Africa? This is the time for Africa to learn something special from the rapid development of Korea. Otherwise, we will find ourselves in more pathetic conditions in near future for reasons that might be so obvious to many insightful people. I understand that this observation is not unique to me; any insightful person will concur with me. My main intention is to point out the Africans weakness and suggest possible solutions through the Gongali Model.
How to Solve the Africas Challenge? 50 years (half a century) after independence African countries are still under the extreme poverty. This awakes most people to ask a question, WHY? A wealth of literature with diverse views is available to explain why Africa is poor and what should be done to LIFT Africa out of poverty. This book is therefore not intended to reinvent the wheel to rewrite what is already available in the literature. Thus, the reader of this book is encouraged to be acquainted with the available literature on African Poverty. One mysterious thing that the reader will agree with the author of this book is the fact that, although many solutions were proposed several decades ago, AFRICA IS STILL POOR! Then the question is, BUT WHY? Is there ANY FUTURE HOPE?
There are many historical attempts to solve Africas challenge. Some of those endeavors are listed in Appendices. The current brilliant attempt is the brainchild idea of an American Professor of economics (Prof. Jeffrey Sachs) who is strongly supporting the Millennium Development Goals through his NGO called the Millennium Promise and the grassroot movement called the Millennium Village Projects (MVP). One of those experimental villages is the Mbola village in Uyui district, Tabora; Tanzania. The movement is supported by giant worldclass Philanthropists such as Bill Gates, George Soros, Bono, and many others. A brief description of this movement is available in Appendices. Although we (Africans) should highly appreciate the efforts of Prof. Sachs and his colleagues (westerners), the question is where are our own African people? Where are our elites/educated/professionals? Where are our business people and leaders? What are they doing? If they are really doing something, why do not we see significant changes in Africa? Prof. Sachs and his colleagues are also constantly challenged by their opponents who are also well educated people such as Prof. William Easterly and Dr. Dambisa Moyo, among others. These opponents insist that the Africas solution cannot come from America or elsewhere but from Africa itself. In fact this is the motive behind the Gongali Model, which is the brainchild of Africans for Africans.
We understand that there is no overnight solution for the existing challenges in Africa. Nevertheless, God has revealed to me and several other pioneers of the Gongali Model an amazing vision that the existing challenges in Africa can be solved using a MODEL that is based on a BOTTOM UP approach. The first community to receive this vision is the GOGALI SDA church and, thereafter, the whole Gongali Community; thus the model is named after their village name, THE GONGALI MODEL. The model is expected to spread speedily in Karatu District, Arusha Region, Tanzania, and Africa at large within shortest possible time.
What does the GONGALI Community do? (THE GONGALI MODEL) Gongali community is highly convinced that Africans can free themselves from poverty without begging donations from rich people or developed countries; Common citizens can cooperate to facilitate the growth of their community and make MANY peoples life better; Without depending on sponsors we can improve our lives spiritually, physically, mentally, and economically (Holistic Sustainable Transformational Development). Based on the GONGALI MODEL, the whole Gongali Community has decided to put their hands together and implement various projects; the first one being to build a high school. They put a shortest deadline to finish the construction and launch the GONGALI HIGH SCHOOL! Is it possible? At this challenging beginning the Gongali community will solicit funds for supporting its movement under the GONGALI MODEL. Resource mobilization will be done AGGRESSIVELY within the Gongali community, in nearby communities/villages, distant areas (including development partners from foreign countries), higher level of government authorities, and from generous individuals. ALL in ALL, the whole community is determined to implement its planned/desired activities.
HOW TO SPREAD THE GONGALI MODEL
It should be understood that this is an EXPERIMENT. We expect to develop a prototype that will be suitable for implementation elsewhere! The model will be speedily spread using books (as the one you are reading now), DVDs/CDs, websites, youtube, emails, media (newspapers, radio, and television), pamphlets, and all other possible means. The pioneers of the model will also visit various institutions (public, private, churches, etc) and will conduct public presentations and debates. Another technique is to conduct celebrations of various activities and annual anniversary of the Gongali Model. Most importantly, the BEST way to spread the Gongali Model is by the telling the success stories and prosperity of Gongali; ACTIONS speak louder than words! We encourage eye witness! Other communities are encouraged to visit Gongali and learn PRACTICAL lessons. There will be a museum in Gongali that will be available to portray the history and the future of Gongali.
The pioneers of the Gongali Model will support, as much as it possible, any other community that is motivated to implement the Gongali Model. They will provide necessary documents and other resources. We will support any individual who is willing to implement this approach. In particular, the University students will be encouraged to initiate this movement in their local communities. The elites who are coming from the same community are/will be encouraged to form their union/organizations to emulate the patriotic spirit of the Gongali Elites.
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