Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Human exhibition

Have you ever been to a exhibition in a museum? walked amongst sculptures and painting? did you know that living people also used to be apart of an exhibition?.  In 1810, a KhoiKhoi San, Saartjie Baartman,  was taken by an English ship's doctor, William Dunlop, to England. She was a Khoikhoi woman in the beginning of her 20's, who became an anthropological freak in England, and she found herself put on exhibition in a museum, displayed as a sexual curiosity. 
Saartjie Baartman was taken to Paris in 1814, the same year that we in Norway was celebrating our freedom, but for Sartjie she continued to be exhibited as a freak. She became the object of scientific and medical research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about  what they back then called the Hottentot female sexuality. When she died in 1816, the Musee de l'Homme in Paris took a deathcast of her body, removed her skeleton and pickled her brain and genitals in jars. These were displayed in the museum until as late as 1985.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The X-mas Pig

In Germany, it is common to give marzipan in the shape of a pig as New Year presents, known as a ("lucky pig"). In Norway it's common to eat marzipan shaped as pigs and pig meat "ribbe" for Christmas. But in Namibia its normal to enjoy the viewing of some warthogs aka Namibian X-mas pigs running through the bush at sunrise. We wish you a Green X-mas and a Sustainable New Year.

Yes-ember

There is something special about the month of december.. no I mean YESember. It is a month to pass on, a month to give, a month to share, and a month to care. So whether you are out xmas shopping, stressing, finishing work before the holiday, remember to say yes to the people that needs you and yes to passing it forward.Don't forget to say YES to giving A Charity bracelet to someone you care about this Yesember. order at info@nanofasa.com

Thank you KK for the award

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Like- Attending- Maybe- Its complicated.


Like- Attending- Maybe- Its complicated.


Lets jump into the great world of Facebook. Where everybody is happy and and attending, or maybe not, or maybe its just complicated. well anyways none of these people are real, but the stories below happen everyday. 

Bella posts a picture of herself  in front of the Eiffel tower. I like, you like, we all like, but no one asks her about her trip to Paris when she returns.

Steven is hosting a birthday dinner for his friends, he has to now buy food for his guests, but they are all listed as maybe attending.

NO one showed up to his b-day party because rhianna came to a club where all his friends chose to be attending.

Peter posted a little something along the lines of: 150 children died of hunger..155 people liked this. What ?? 

Catrine sends everyone of her friends a message every day regarding a petition to sign for animals, a petition for equal rights, a petition for no fur. Meanwhile when she logs off Facebook she puts on her fur jacket, puts her dog in her handbag, and talks down on cab drivers. 

Lia thought she loved Martin, but after all the posts that he puts up on facebook where he is taking pictures of the food that he is making, she is having second thoughts and no its officially complicated.. whatever that means.

Paul has not travelled for years, bu ton facebook it looks like he travels all the time. Do you now how much time paul spend looking through old photos that can make his life seem more interesting on facebook?


Tina is so angry at the world because no one saves the Rhinos. SO Tina writes a comment everyday that goes a long the lines of: Why is people killing the rhino, why is nobody doing anything. 11 people liked this and 500 rhino still died. Tina still has an angry status.

So I like, you like, we all like. But animals are still dying, people are still fighting, kids are still fighting hunger even if you press like,  furs are still being produced, people  are still celebrating their birthdays alone because you did not respond to the event, people are the most active on social  media, but statistics have shown that people have never been as lonely as now. tell someone in person that you like their stuff, or that you like them. Help someone, carry something for someone,  send someone a card that you wrote and not just a e-card that someone else produced. Give someone a hug instead of poking them on Facebook. I promise you will LIKE  it more.

LIKE?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The PACMAN effect

Have you ever heard about the Pacman Effect? Do you remember the game? where the yellow pacman could eat his way through to the finishing line. Pacman is old already, but his the Pacman effect is taking new form and shape everyday.
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Illegal land grabbing is happening in the San communities land areas, and are threatening the protection of the rights of these vulnerable communities.
The San are arguably the poorest and most marginalized group in Namibia with little access to existing political and economic institutions. Their marginalization has a long and loaded story; recent events are just serving to spotlight this sad situation.
Since after independence, San communities living in the former ‘Bushmanland’, in north-east Namibia, have been enduring a systematic process of land alienation as a result of illegal land settlement by ‘people from the outside’.
Herero cattle herders from the neighboring Gam area began invading the Nyae Nyae Conservancy in May 2009, where the Ju/’hoansi San people live, by cutting through the veterinary fence.
These herders have not only remained here, they also illegally exploit conservancy resources such as plants and grazing, water and firewood, which leaves less and less for the San.
 Apart from the fact that these invasions amount to unlawful land grabbing, the San community’s ability to gather food in the bush is severely compromised as a result of the fencing of land. Veld food (food found in the bush) plays a vital part in providing food security to the !Kung San. The land is dry, the rain has not yet arrived and their land areas and resources are going through the Pacman Effect. Please assist us and work together with us to ensure that we don't get a game over.

Monday, October 7, 2013

What a view!


A few weeks ago the Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway arranged a conferance by the name Sikt 2013, which means VIEW. The conferance gathered young leaders in Norway so that we together could discuss how to seize the opportunities the future offers us? How do we make good choices, and exploit the potential of heads, hearts and hands? And how can we use our resources for the good of the community? It was a conference with a lot of insight and many inspired individuals. It showed us all the importance of sharing views, so now I'm sharing with you:

How do you view the world?
Do you view the world the same way I do?
How do we view the world?
How do we view our country? I think the comparison and expectations we have towards people, societies, politics, development and nations is a big key to the source of most problems today.
How can we know that we all view each and every issue equally.
Do we really know what the neighbor next door likes or dislikes? Do we know what inspires him/her? Do we know what they vote or what they believe in? If we cannot answer these questions then how can we assume that we know what is best for our far and near neighboring countries?
How can something or someone be expected to jump development and become something they are not or not ready to be, because other people or systems are either comparing it to an ideal situation or something that is believed to be more right.
 I think if there was a greater focus on seeing people, cultures, nations and systems for what they are, instead of focusing on what they are not, it will be easier to create a development with out loosing the original fundament. Nature never jumps (meaning of the word Nanofasa) is exactly how nature has been moving through history, no short cuts, no assumptions, but a sustainable flow where we all play a role, big or small.. Could this example of nature help us in moving forward with everything? If a child is 4 years old, we cannot force it to be 25 years old in two months.
 Everything is a process even in a world like ours were everything moves so fast. So let us stop for a second and take deep inhale and be grateful for it. And before we speak, let us listen and look at the view through someone else's window.

Monday, August 19, 2013

When water does not come from a bottle!

Namibia is now going through the worst drought in 30 years. But I do not think every one knows how serious a drought can be. When you type in How to survive a drought on google these tips come up, these tips how ever only counts for the people that have access to a store, own a kitchen, a bathroom, a car, a washing machine or a garden with a lawn.  Now what happens when you are in the bush and the water is gone and the food i gone? Most tribes in Namibia knows how to find food in the bush, but what happens if you are to malnourished to move? The problem is not their skills for survival, because they could survive us ten times out there, but the problem is that once the hunger manifests as a result of drought, then the body starts shutting down. The immune system weakens, and you become more vulnerable to diseases when there is not any protein to eat, You start not being able to preform simple tasks and and then there is definitely no energy for running down and antelope on bare feet.

In the Kitchen

  • Buy bottled water and store it. Be sure to rotate the stored water so it does not go bad.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Don't let the tap run while you are waiting for water to cool.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator, or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
  • Do not waste water waiting for it to get hot. Capture it for other uses such as plant watering or heat it on the stove or in a microwave.
  • Clean vegetables in a pan filled with water rather than running water from the tap. Re-use the water that vegetables are washed in for cleaning or watering plants.
  • Wash dishes by hand. When hand washing dishes, save water by filling two containers - one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.
  • Dishwashers use up to 14 gallons of water per load, but if you must use one, be sure to wash only when your machine is full, not wasting precious water for only a few items.
  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.

In the Bathroom

  • Time showers to five minutes.
  • Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water for watering plants. Turn the water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn the water back on to rinse. Repeat when washing your hair.
  • Don't leave the water running when shaving or brushing your teeth. Fill a cup with water for brushing teeth. Stop up the basin and fill with water for shaving.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects, and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  • Place a 12 to 20 ounce plastic bottle in a toilet tank to displace water that fills for waster disposal.

Laundry

  • Wash clothes less often. When you do your laundry, only wash full loads.
  • Wash with cold or warm water.
  • Hand wash 1 or 2 items of clothing at a time when you can.

When Washing Your Car

  • Use a car wash. Instead of washing your car yourself, take it to a car wash where recycled water is used. If you're worried about the added expense, cut back on the number of times you wash your car.
  • If you insist on washing your own car, park on the grass so that you will be watering it at the same time.

Outdoors

  • Don't over-water your lawn. Lawns only need to be watered every five to seven days in the summer, and every 10 to 14 days in the winter. A heavy rain eliminates the need for watering for up to two weeks.
  • Position sprinklers so water lands on the lawn and shrubs and not on paved areas.
  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. A garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours.


Okay. Very informative for learning about how to take more responsibility, although this is actually  something people should try and save and work on every day, in a part of the world where we have water on the tap. But as I said what are the options for those who do not have any kitchen, fridge, bathroom or washing machine? How can we together help assist them into getting stronger so that they have enough energy to finding their creative sources for food and water?