A brief summary goes as follows:
Turns out that GVN in some way, shape or form, supported the purchase of the car.
The sent out an email to volunteers saying that the car will help CBW explore Liberia and that will hopefully help all the refugees return home one day. Oh and by the way, don't tell us what to do with our partner organisations.
A second email soon followed stating that they are looking for a new GVN rep and that the terms of agreement between GVN and CBW have changed for the better. One of the stipulations was that CBW will be financially transparent and that volunteer money may only be spent on Refugee Camp projects.
I don't think it will work. I think CBW will continue to be slimy and snake its way around the new conditions. Semeh refused to even meet Erin - the most recent GVN Rep - for her last five weeks on camp.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
It is all just disappointing. I just can't see how any reasonable organisation can come out in support of the purchase of a luxury can over the feeding of the hungry, giving water to the poor, and paying people a decent wage.
I'm a bad bad man
I had a lot of good feedback from the entries. People would often email with questions and I would spend a lot of time answering them.
GVN didn't like the link to this entry. The deleted the entry from their site and insisted I delete the page on my website. Fat chance. Freedom of speech and all that.
Since I wouldn't delete the page from my website, they deleted all my entries and banned me from the journal site.
Kinda of a shame really as nobody writes more about their GVN experiences than me. They have lost a valuable resource.
2005 and 2006 Malcolm Trevena.