I had to smile at this charity YouTube from Africa, most of us have been focused on helping starving people in Africa to take any notice that these guys have a real sense of humour when given the opportunity. The theme of sending radiators to Norway is a touch or pure genius....I bet way back in November 2012 when this YouTube was registered the authors had no idea as to the irony of what they had to say, who knows in years to come this YouTube may be put forward in a more serious context!
Published on 16 Nov 2012
You too can donate your radiator and spread some warmth! http://www.africafornorway.com/ Twitter http://bit.ly/Y4NWPH On Spotify http://spoti.fi/Y4NMb8 and iTunes http://bit.ly/Ubik4A T-shirts are available! http://bit.ly/SI8bhG
Imagine if every person in Africa saw the "Africa for Norway" video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they think about Norway?
If we say Africa, what do you think about? Hunger, poverty, crime or AIDS? No wonder, because in fundraising campaigns and media that's mainly what you hear about. The pictures we usually see in fundraisers are of poor African children. Hunger and poverty is ugly, and it calls for action. But while these images can engage people in the short term, we are concerned that many people simply give up because it seems like nothing is getting better. Africa should not just be something that people either give to, or give up on.
The truth is that there are many positive developments in African countries, and we want these to become known. We need to change the simplistic explanations of problems in Africa. We need to educate ourselves on the complex issues and get more focus on how western countries have a negative impact on Africa's development. If we want to address the problems the world is facing we need to do it based on knowledge and respect.
The video is made by The Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (www.saih.no). With the cooperation of Operation Day's Work (www.od.no). With funding from The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and The Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU). Music by Wathiq Hoosain. Lyrics by Bretton Woods (www.developingcountry.org). Video by Ikind Productions (www.ikindmedia.com) Music Producer Kurt Pienke. Full credits here: