July 2011

Recently, the people of Dankawalie started a new and complementary community building body, Badenyeh. Badenyeh is not based on clan, gender or age (the old criteria) but on collectivism, activism and voluntarism. The self-selected group of 18 men and women (between the ages of 20 and 45) is dedicated to meeting the needs of the village and fighting any corruption. Membership in the group costs the equivalent of more than a day’s wages and ensures commitment from the participants. Their first project is to build a new road to the top of a hill where they can get wireless phone connection! When the dry season comes, they will begin to build a cultural center for all, regardless of religion, gender, age, or clan.