Seeds of Hope: How one American woman is helping Africa help itself

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  • cconner01 AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Nov. 4, 2011 9:08 a.m.

    Thank you so much for covering this story -Care for Life is a tremendous program that I am aware of due to my acquaintance with the program's development director, João Bueno, who has been so very instrumental in the design, development, and implementation of the Family Preservation Program from its inception to its current state.

    I find it puzzling, however, that after all of the time spent with Mr. Bueno in the preparation of this article there is no mention of João whatsoever - the entire story is positioned as "how one American woman" is responsible for accomplishing this goal. Without the contributions of Mr. Bueno and many others with him, as he would be the first to assure you, the program would not exist. Thank you for setting the record straight about the tremendous role João has played in this program's creation and in its current success.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Oct. 30, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Some of you missed the point pretty badly. If you vegans wish to say "Grow a GARDEN for a man and he eats for a meal. Teach people to GARDEN, and they eat forever", you get the same message. Quit nitpicking. This is a grand story with a message for all of us. To work is our ultimate goal. The satisfaction of a job well-done cannot be replaced. Instead of Occupying a park and turning it into a Woodstock II, why not occupy food banks, cannery's, homeless shelters, community gardens and teach people how to make things happen? If Wall Street is depraved and greedy, it is their choice; but their money is theirs. If you lost your house because you were foolish and signed on the dotted line, you are the foolish one. If Wall Street is charging 30% interest, don't borrow their money. Ms. Packard's message is clear: WE MUST EARN WHAT WE HAVE.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Oct. 24, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    @OthersShoes: I hate to mention it... but CORN lobby is among the most powerful groups in America. Why do you think the EPA is shoving ethanol down our throats like its the greatest thing since sliced bread? CORN wants that money, and now food manufacturers are having to compete with gas companies to purchase corn, which drives food prices up.

    Don't try to blame economic problems on just the carnivores in our society.

    Oct. 23, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    What an inspiring article! I will pass this along to family and friends.

  • OthersShoes SILVER SPRING, MD
    Oct. 23, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    In other news, great story.

  • OthersShoes SILVER SPRING, MD
    Oct. 23, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Teach man to fish and he builds a business that owns all of the boats and places and resources to catching the fish. Then teach another man to fish so they compete for space until there is no space left.

    Then let the men charge whatever they want for the fish because they can. Let those who can't afford it eat something else, less nutritious, less valuable.

    Then let the men recruit government, both republican and democratic, depending on the quality of the fisherman's lobbyist, to build governmental subsidies for the fisherman and taxation loopholes.

    Then when the world market crashes, let the fisherman hold the economy and those subsidies hostage such that they can get bailed out, recover, and increase the prices of their fish.

    There is only so much ocean for the man to fish before those less educated can't eat.

    This is why, I am a vegan :)

  • mare54 KIHEI, HI
    Oct. 23, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    I commend those who go to Africa and other impoverished nations to help. Aside from lack of nutrition, lack of sanitation and inadequate medical care are at the top of the list of problems for Africa. As far as our country recommending what Africa "needs", it is important to note that our CDC is recommending mass circumcision for African men as a way to combat HIV transmission. Even worse, they are pushing for circumcision of all African baby boys because it is more "cost effective"! Apparently they are worried about actually getting the men to show up at their clinics to have part of their genitalia cut off, so it's easier to cut babies since they can't get away or say no. Of all the needs that are apparent in Africa and many people like the author of this article going over there to help the people, our own CDC is not willing to provide real solutions to the HIV problem, including cleaning up the blood supply because it is too expensive. Too expensive? So lets' just do what is the cheapest, eh?

  • mare54 KIHEI, HI
    Oct. 23, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    I commend everyone who goes to Africa and helps their situation. Besides the lack of nutritious food, lack of sanitation and inadequate medical care rank at the top of the problems for the African people. It is always sad to hear these stories of children dying, but I want to raise awareness of another problem in Africa. The CDC is recommending MASS circumcision for African men in the false hopes that this butchering of men will cure the HIV problem there. Even worse, they are recommending early infant male circumcision for African baby boys since they think that it is more cost effective and they admit they aren't sure how many men will actually show up at their clinics to have part of their sexual anatomy cut off. It's apparently easier to cut a baby, since they can't get away or say no to this barbaric procedure. Our country is making recommendations to Africa on how to handle their HIV problem by pushing mass circumcision and cutting of babies, rather than taking care of the real problems and cleaning up the blood supply. Too expensive? Come on.

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 23, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    Thank you Ms.Stuart for this thought provoking story, that makes me thankful for individuals like the Packards, who see a need and go to work to make things better. I especially like the fact that they actually teach people life changing skills -- our government could take a lesson from the approach the Packards use!

    I may have missed it if it was mentioned, but is there some way we can donate to this great cause?!

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    Oct. 23, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    Not only if you teach a man to fish will he eat for a life time, but he will catch enough fish to sell to other people. Open a fish market and people will sell him fish and he will sell the fish to still more people.

    Another man perhaps women who knows how to can will buy fish, can the fish and sell the fish to people in other places who may not have either Water or fish.

    A person willl come along who knows how to count and will count the fish andthe money, and teach others to count and some one will start a school. Now that some people can Read, Write and Count Money and Fish. They will go other places and get better jobs.

    Some might wind up in Chicago where Proverty for them is an upgrade. Remember we do proverty a little different then the rest of the World. Proverty for us would be great living for people in Africa. Now the split comes some will continue to get better send kids to College etc. Some would say this is good enough I just take the hand out. They forgot how to fish.

  • CindyP Gilbert, Arizona
    Oct. 23, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    I want to thank Eliabeth Stuart and the Deseret News for this enlightening article on Care for Life and the life changing "Family Preservation Program".

    My first comment submission didn't pass. I wanted to direct you to our website but it's not allowed I guess. We invite you to join the effort to help us help those in extreme povety. You can find us anyway. You'll be glad you did.

  • CindyP Gilbert, Arizona
    Oct. 23, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    *********this isn't a comment but a correction

    I wanted to fix a mispelled word in my recent comment submission if just sent in. I need to change "live changing" to "life changing" .......can you fix that please?? thanks! Cindy P

  • ER in EUR Belgrade, Serbia
    Oct. 23, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    I spent 3 years in central Africa. I know I did good things while I was there. Some of them may last, others will not. But if anything lasts it will be those things that operated on the same principles that Care for Life has instilled in the area described in this article about Mozambique. Giving long term with little accountability degrades the recipient. Passing knowledge and understanding empowers those who receive.

    Great article. Thank you for describing the moment when this kind lady realized what she could do and then did it. Do what you can. It may or may not be much, but you still have to do it.

  • Dorothy Provo, UT
    Oct. 23, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    Tremendous story - thank you Elizabeth for going to Africa to show how one person can change lives. Award winning story and photos!

  • Susan in VA Alexandria, VA
    Oct. 23, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    What a beautiful story and a beautiful life.

  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 23, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    One good turn deserves another, they give us their bees so why shouldn't we give them socialism and lies. The seeds of deception is what this story reeks of.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Oct. 23, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    I was born and raised some 50-plus years ago on the south side of Chicago where slums and poverty existed. Ive watched as no amount of politicians promises of freebies (from food to housing to college degrees) has, over the many decades of my lifetime, eradicated them.

    And even today, while Democrats in that city insist that the answer is more welfare, Cindy Packer has demonstrated exactly what works teaching people to do for themselves and caring enough to follow up with their progress. When will this message be understood by all? Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

    Another inspired way to truly help the poor is to donate to the LDS Churchs Perpetual Education Fund. If you missed the latest episode of World Report (broadcast between General Conference sessions) you missed seeing how people can actually be lifted out of poverty through their own efforts. Just like Cindys story, you will be amazed and inspired by the process.

  • Curtis Hight Juneau, AK
    Oct. 23, 2011 1:39 a.m.