Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Thursday, August 27, 2009

NGOs and procurement

I heard the end of Worldview tonight where the spokeswoman for Dalia in Palestine was saying that procurement for items donated through charitable NGOs must be from the country of origin. Something like a kids soccer team in a refugee camp was going to the national playoffs and needed soccer shoes. An Italian charity donated to an American International charity which gave the money to a Palestinian charity. Each group took a cut for overhead, and in the end they could not find any soccer shoes whose country of origin was Italy (they are all made in Asia?), so they bought them t-shirts instead. She said that it makes the NGOs and the coutries where the aid comes from look like fools or at best like they don't care. Especially in Palestine, where they really want a political solution to their problem, not t-shirts.

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