US$295.00raised of $15,000,000.00 goal
I am a rural poor African.
I am asking humanity as a whole, to only risk a one-time $15m, by providing this money to me purely as a gamble, i.e., as an experiment, to see if a bottom-up approach to ending extreme poverty might be the ideal thing to do.
True, the idea of putting such a sum of money in the hands of a person like me conjures fears of what will actually become of it, and so, I am asking the world to help me raise this money, by accepting that this is all part of the experiment.
Because, unless we experiment, we will continue having a world where all existing approaches to ending global poverty are exclusively top-bottom, and inevitably short-lived.
Across history, humanity has left people like us on the sidelines of the global fight against poverty.
And today, only 1% of all the money that is intended to end global poverty, is what goes directly to the extreme poor in the global south.
The result? In many of the poorest, remote rural areas of the world, like where I live, there is simply nothing that is happening to end extreme poverty, let alone as a result of the global fight against poverty. Entire communities are always dead silent; people are starving, with no trace of anything in place to end poverty.
Besides, the people from the global development sector, who keep the other 99% of global antipoverty funding, and who could have been the ultimate allies of people like us, are also very committed to engaging with the extreme poor only when rolling out their own predetermined solutions.
But these solutions only reach a few random poor communities.
And, as one American writer says here, even in those few poor communities that are lucky enough to be touched, “these interventions disappear almost immediately after the departure of our [prized] expert teams”.
To see what I intend to experiment the $15m on, please go here.
My name is Anthony, a farmer here in Namisita, a village in a remote part of Kamuli, in eastern Uganda. My whole life has been defined by chronic extreme poverty, but whenever I look at the level of poverty in our region as a whole, something tells me I just must do something, in my remaining lifetime.
I am also founder of the UCF, a nonprofit social enterprise that aims to end extreme poverty.
- Anthony Kalulu
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