There are times when charity is vitally important, especially in times of crisis. But charity is no substitute for a sustained commitment to empowering strong community. It’s the whole “You can give someone a fish, or you can teach them how to fish” thing.
But even that deserves a caveat. Though we in the global North are among the wealthiest and most powerful in the world, we have made more than our share of mistakes as we have gone into communities with the assumption that we know the best way to build strong, sustainable community. Thus, we seek Mission Partnerships that enable us to work and learn alongside others. As ways of practicing this objective, Olympic View supports the New Community Project and the Global Women’s Project.