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Believing Into Real

Belief in what is real takes all kinds of forms. I recently bought a new pair of glasses in Jakarta.  They cost about the same as they would have in Australia, but I needed them, my world increasingly out of … Continue reading

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What to do?

I am currently in Hardoi, which is somewhere in northern India two hours from Lucknow in India, in spell check comes up as ‘hairdo’. It has been around 43 degrees all week. We are meeting with farmers who are poor … Continue reading

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Gifts of Faith and Other Things

One thing that I learn again and again in Indonesia, is not to take anything for granted, not the day , not the plan, and especially not the sleep. I arrived in Rote on Monday morning with Chris Rowlands, a  Markets … Continue reading

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Ready or Not

I am sitting in the airport lounge at Kupang in West Timor waiting for the plane to Jakarta, we are already two hours late and the plane still hasn’t arrived. I came to Kupang to conduct interviews for a Access … Continue reading

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Eunuchs, cooked snakes, pig racing and girls named Jealousy – that’s my Indonesia.

Okay perhaps what I had said was a bit controversial. We had been talking about the differences in perception of tolerance in Australia and how this differs from the perception of tolerance in Indonesia. But for the National Director of … Continue reading

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Watering Hope

I am back at Ndabibi for the first time in around 3 months and attending the regular monthly meeting of the NDAMAMO Economic Empowerment Group. I have now known most of these thirteen members for about two years. I have … Continue reading

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Is there peace over there?

There are twenty five of us in the earth floored corrugated iron church. We arranged the rough timber pews into a kind of semi-circle. Leah one of the economic empowerment group members from Mbogoini leads the group in a couple … Continue reading

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