Building Resilience – much harder than constructing something
You know, the Rotary areas of focus are very well thought out! Last month we considered the role of education and literacy in preparing and enabling people for life; and now the role of economic and community development. It is no great revelation, but it worth considering that this development is about building resilience - in people, in families, in communities and in societies.

During our Club visits I presented a quote from Nelson Mandella about poverty:
"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."
The eradication will only be successful when there is greater resilience in all people, as unemployment, underemployment, lack of economic opportunity, lack of appropriate training, and the absence of appropriate social safety nets lie at the core of poverty.
As we cross the District, I have been hearing from Rotarians about all the great services and project you have been undertaking, many of us doing so 'because it is the right thing to do'. And some saying we should be helping at home before going abroad.
This got me thinking and asking: why is it so easy to see poverty and great need, in the underdeveloped and developing communities of Africa and Asia, than it is here in Australia? I pondered further if we might be blind to our own poverty, since we see it all the time, that we are used to it, or we have made up justifications for it.

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