It is always nice to get noticed, right? I am talking about being noticed for all the right reasons, obviously. So when ActionAid invited me to their blogging party, I immediately said yes. They wanted to share with us the fact that they are starting to get involved in Myanmar (Burma), which I didn’t know. As some of you might have noticed, I was born French by mistake, my heart is in South East Asia and I go there at every possible opportunity, which is nowhere near often enough.
But I digress. I am sponsoring a child in India with ActionAid. His name is Suresh and this blog pays for the sponsorship fee (To be honest, I have to top it up, but we will get there!). It is my small way of making a difference, thanks to my readers. So why Myanmar? Following decades of struggle and uncertainty, Myanmar is starting to open up and now is a good time to get involved there. We had a presentation from actor Jimi Mistry and ambassador Alex Graham. Not to mention the fact that I met some lovely fellow bloggers (see here for the list). I was impressed with ActionAid approach. It is not about imposing our westernised ideas to communities. No, it is about training locals to become ‘change agents’ and letting them find the best ways to improve local communities’ life. And, to top it up, we had lots of cakes, which is always nice.