NGOs take of­fence where none ex­ists

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

WOW, TALK about be­ing sen­si­tive. It is re­ally sad when an NGO starts tak­ing com­ments made by a po­ten­tial part­ner in gov­ern­ment so per­son­ally, and il­lus­trates quite graph­i­cally why the very prob­lems NGOs seek to deal with never seem to be ad­e­quately re­solved.

San­dra Mor­reira’s let­ter, “Pas­coe’s views on NGOs and street kids off the mark” (Week­end Ar­gus, Au­gust 8), it­self misses the mark, be­cause nowhere in the pre­vi­ous cor­re­spon­dence by Grant Pas­coe, the may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for so­cial ser­vices, did he sin­gle out The Homestead as be­ing one of the NGOs which sus­tain street chil­dren’s lifestyles. So why the de­fen­sive stance adopted by its di­rec­tor?

The Homestead, judg­ing from Mor­reira’s let­ter, sounds like it is do­ing amaz­ing work.

Be­ing overly sen­si­tive and tak­ing ev­ery­thing so per­son­ally just isn’t go­ing to build the bridges be­tween NGOs and the gov­ern­ment which are so des­per­ately needed.

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