READERS' FEEDBACK ISSUE

This issue has no main theme. Instead, we cover a number of different subjects, often from previous issues which readers have responded to. A number of articles raise crucial questions about what is at the heart of participatory development and empowerment. The source of the ‘parable’ on AIDS is unknown so we cannot credit the writer. Passion fruit is a fairly new crop for many farmers and though it grows easily, few people know the best ways of increasing production and avoiding disease. Jubilee 2000 is a campaign which I have been personally involved with and believe will become an important – and indeed prophetic – way of marking the new millennium. 

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  • A fresh start for a new millennium

    Mention third world debt to most people and a puzzled look appears. Mention lack of funding for health clinics and schools and most people would agree and want to add their own experiences. However, in most Third World countries the two are closely linked.

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  • Bible study: The principle of Jubilee

    The Principle of Jubilee by Isabel Carter. Read Leviticus 25:8-31 Leviticus is the third book of the Old Testament and it provides guidelines for our relationship with God and our neighbours. Chapter 25 talks of two major festivals – the Sabbath year when land was left fallow to rest every seventh year, and the Jubilee year, every fiftieth year.

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  • Breast is still best

    A recent report confirms that worrying pressures are put on mothers with new babies by companies keen to improve sales of baby milk. The Interagency Group on Breast-feeding Monitoring (IGBM) recently published a report showing that many companies – including Nestlé, Gerber, Milco, Nutricia and Wyeth – were promoting bottle-feeding among pregnant and new mothers, breaking an International Code agreed in 1981. The group found that health workers were also breaking the Code – for ...

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  • Church-based community development

    by Alexis Andino. For a long time development workers have learnt and put into practice the principle that ‘development’ comes from agencies and is aimed at communities. We take for granted that we are the bearers of a wealth of ‘new ideas’ which we are eager to share with people, to ‘take development to the community’.

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  • Drama for communication

    by B Mounkoro. Drama can be a very valuable tool to encourage participatory learning. When used with a community in Mali, through a development programme, it was found the villagers’ sketches expressed certain problems which stopped people participating in development work.

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  • Editorial

    I am always very encouraged when Footsteps readers send me articles to include in Footsteps. Sometimes I manage to fit them quickly into issues and sometimes they may not be suitable to publish. However, I always have a number of good articles and no space to fit them in. This issue, therefore, has no main theme. Instead, we cover a number of different subjects, often from previous issues which readers have responded to. A number of articles raise crucial questions about what is at ...

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  • Letters

    Tools for woolcraft In rural development projects in Ethiopia and Kenya, we have often seen people trying to card, spin, felt or weave their wool using unsuitable tools. Sometimes more appropriate solutions may exist just a couple of hundred miles away in the same country. Sometimes the answers may be known in another continent.

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  • Life on the streets

    Working with street children - Community values In many cities and towns streets are increasingly becoming homes for countless children.

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  • Making the most of meetings

    by Gideon Njini. Group meetings influence the activities and future direction of groups. There are two main kinds of meeting: private and public. Public meetings discuss matters which may be of interest to all local people. Private meetings are open only to members or those with a direct interest in the subject. All meetings should give proper notice to those open to attend and should be run according to the rules of the constitution.

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  • Natural Family Spacing

    Issue 27 on population prompted several responses, especially from people who felt Footsteps had not given enough encouragement to natural family spacing methods. From a medical point of view these methods have a higher risk of pregnancy and involve great commitment on the part of both husband and wife. However, with proper training and commitment they can prove satisfactory in many situations, especially for spacing births. Here is a useful and practical contribution from Evelyne ...

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  • Passion fruit

    by Isabel Carter. In recent years passion fruit has become a popular new fruit for many farmers around the world. They grow well and the fruit is tasty and refreshing. Unlike some fruit, passion fruit travel well to market. They can also be processed to make juice. There is increasing interest in exporting them to Europe where they are becoming a popular luxury fruit. Passion fruit will often grow well up trees but few people know much about the best methods of growing them to produce ...

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  • PLA in action

    Brian Polkinghorne wrote with an interesting response to Issue 29. Here are some of the points he made, together with comments from Simon Batchelor (who wrote the opening article in Issue 29).

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  • Resources

    Amaranth to Zai Holes: Ideas for growing food under difficult conditions by Laura Meitzner and Martin Price

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  • The fire of AIDS

    An old man was speaking to the village elders about AIDS and told them a story… One day a young mother, Philomena, was talking to other ladies in the village while they weaved baskets. She told them how her new baby was fascinated by the fire that burnt day and night in the middle of the floor in her home. He loved to see the sparks fly into the air and would try to crawl towards the dancing flames. Only that morning he had tried to pick up a glowing ember and cried when she pulled him ...

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