FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Friday, February 24, 2012

Basketball and War for Somali Girls- Kickstart it!

        I am a big fan of Kickstarter--through it I contributed to the funding efforts of the Blue Like Jazz film last year (premiering at SXSW this March!)  Incidentally, go see Blue Like Jazz when it comes out in theatres--it's a challenging film that has something in it for everyone--independent of your religious beliefs.

So if you haven't heard of Kickstarter, check it out today!
 Kickstarter offers a way for entrepreneurs and dreamers to realize their goals.  It's crowd-sourced fundraising.  Typically the fundraisers offer different incentives depending on the amount that you give.  The clincher is that if the person/group doesn't meet their goal in the allotted time, you aren't charged anything!
      To that end FUUO will select one Africa-related Kickstarter project each month to feature here.    The first FUUO Kickstart selection (special thanks to my friend Allison for passing it on) is Lessons of Basketball and War: A documentary project.   Here's a description from the website:

“Lessons of Basketball and War” is the story of a small group of adolescent girls who are dropped into Kevin’s life from half a world away in war-torn Somalia.  After surviving a childhood marked by violence and deprivation, they now find themselves in a strange land with little to hold onto beyond the familiar comfort offered by family, culture and religion.



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