‘so shines a good deed in a naughty world’

I know which of you will recognise that!  Who’ll get in first?  It came to mind when reading Tuesday’s Guardian, full of gloom about the rich nations raiding the poor ones for their food via the more ‘respectable’ method of trade deals rather than brute force.  Or the existence of perfectly legit organisations dedicated to ensuring that the wealthy are protected from paying the taxes that might help the low paid. 

The ‘good deed’ is the brainchild of one Jean-Francais Cazenave who started TSF, Telecoms Sans Frontieres (no, I don’t have time to find accents on WordPress).  On trips to Kurdistan and the Balkans delivering the typical emergency supplies, he and his helpers found themselves besieged by requests to ring relatives and friends, once they, the volunteers, returned home.  ‘Every time we saw the same thing – a need for victims to communicate’.  He got hold of a satellite phone, opened a centre and queues would form, 25,000 people in one case,  to make the urgent call.  Now, 10 years later, staff and volunteers travel in dangerous conditions to provide a lifeline and to set up communications for NGOs.  Somebody using imagination and resourcefulness for the benefit of others!  Memo to self: be part of the solution.  Read all about it.

2 Responses to “‘so shines a good deed in a naughty world’”

  1. 1 chris August 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Merchant of Venice – but who said it? There was a candle in the same bit ….
    I get muddled with people in MoV – never got quite as engaged with the play as I might have.

  2. 2 alisonwriting August 28, 2008 at 8:54 am

    You’ve probably checked by now but let’s see if you-know-who pipes up!

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