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Save The Child
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Last edited: Thursday, December 08, 2005
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2005

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Working under emergency condition

If you happen to be working with an NGO in a war-torn nation or in situations of emergency, would you stick to the NGO mandate or make some reforms to adjust to prevailing conditions? After all your objective is to save life at any cost and not to save your organizational charter or constitution at the expense of the dying children. If you say, under any situation be it emergency or normal, my mandate is to feed the child and not to help his or her parents, don't you know that the inputs meant for one child will be shared by the members of the family. And if the child is at all served it will be served last and least. The child which you intneded to save will become more malnourished and depleted as the grown ups continue sharing his food with him. No wonder the child will die.

Under situation of famine or other calamities an agency has to accept some flexibility to review its mandate and policy. War and famine are as much enemy as fire and a fireman has no choice but to extinguish the fire. He can not prefer the doors to windows.

A child whose parent is hungry can not be fed without giving something to the parents as well. Therefore change is necessary to be made on the charter of the NGO to suit the prevailing conditions or to make it responsive to challenges posed by the emergency situation. Straight jacket policy will only lead to making a unintentional mistakes which can cause death of innocent children. I am not advocating to help everybody but I am highlighting the need to show some dynamism in situations where the scale of the plight could reach emergency levels.

May I express my gratitude to all agencies who came to Somalia to help our children regardless of gender, age location etc. I know all NGO's came with good intention to us but sometimes their policies become the major constraint to achieve the desired goals. 


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead
children are mankind's hope for the future, I'm glad there are those who are willing to work to protect and save our future
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