Our supported programs have summed up the end of the year with their Winter 2012 News Letter. I have included the Introduction by Jytte Martinussen, which is excellent, and the link to the News Letter itself with articles from the students about where they are at and what they are learning and doing with the communities they are working with.
“Dear Friends of IICD, NASA has now confirmed that the earth is NOT coming to an end on December 21st 2012 as predicted by some of our forefathers. But it could be the be-ginning of the end if we humans do not come together and start creating solutions to the huge challenges facing humankind today and in the next decades. Fortunately this is happening all over the world.
In 2012, more people than ever before in history have raised in protest against those in power and their failure to solve the big issues of our time – economic crises, unemployment, wars, global warming and climate change, extreme grabbing of our common resources, pollution, poverty, an education system unable to prepare the new generations for what they are about to take over, epidemics, refugees,…. The challenges ahead are huge and frightening. Most people close their eyes to these overwhelming challenges and focus on themselves. It takes courage to face them and to start doing something together. But only collectively can we move these issues. Fundamentally, human beings have not thrived as a species because of our sharp teeth and dangerous claws, but because of our ability to cooperate.
This fundamental human value and ability has been greatly twisted by the values of the global capitalist system into a “me, me, me culture”. The majority of us are totally removed from the nature we are a part of and dependent of. The next decades will bring tremendous changes to our planet and our lives and our survival depends on our ability to come together and create solutions – locally and globally.
For the past 25 years, International Cooperation and Development has been our business. Over 22 different nationalities from 4 continents have taken part in the programs at IICD in 2012. They have served at projects in Mozambique, Zambia and Brazil, fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Poor. Creating development is an uphill struggle because powerful economic structures and structural violence is effectively widening the gap. But the power of the friendship and comrade-ship across nations and continents working hand in hand to create solutions is very powerful and is something that stays with each person involved. I am blessed to work with such people every day. IICD has reached the age of 25 – the learning years are over – time to step up and take our part of the responsibility as adults. Let’s expand and strengthen our cooperation and set high goals for what to achieve the next 25 years. Happy holidays to everyone. Be well, do good work and keep in touch!”