Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Constant Gardener Trust

After Country Boys ended lastnight, I kept PBS on for the Tavis Smiley show. Rachel Weisz (the second guest) talked about filming The Constant Gardener in Kenya. Weisz--charming and eloquent, as always--pointed out that the film company wanted to leave a positive and lasting impression in the communities where filming was done, and so a charitable organization was set up. The Constant Gardener Trust has already built a bridge, toilet/shower blocks, and potable water facilities in Kibera (a slum within Nairobi); a school and other projects are ongoing in Loiyangalani (north of the city). The trust is working with local groups to pour the location fees right back into the communities that moviegoers might have assumed were sets.

I was impressed. Today, I purchased the DVD of the movie. I rarely buy DVDs, but I felt this one deserved my money. I also made a donation to The Constant Gardener Trust.

So, we were all confronted by very extreme poverty, by abject poverty. And at first, we all thought what could we do, what could we do? It's so terrible. And you realize that if a little group of people get together and start a little organization, you can do small things to help. So, in a way, the lesson to me was that it's better to do something small than to do nothing. - Rachel Weisz, January 11 2006

26 comments:

Crucible said...

Very heartwarming. Well done. I'm going to check out that movie.

Jason said...

I still hated her in "Enemy at the Gates."

She's annoying to watch. Also, if she love's helping Africans so much why doesn't she marry them.

madamerouge said...

You only hate her because she got to do scenes with Jude Law.

I so want to delete your comment...

Jason said...

Deleting my comment would be censorship. Why don't you just go ahead and use the "Not Withstanding Clause" while you're at it.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Nice post. I am familiar with the project and if you'd like to know more in terms of ideology, Columbia University Professor, Jeff Sachs just wrote a book on global poverty.

Jason said...

You may want to look into this organization too. Every little bit helps.

madamerouge said...

JASON, STOP BEING SUCH AN ASS.

AG, I shall check out that book.

fatrobot said...

i like pbs

Jason said...

Also, a song that you may like.

Jason said...

Sorry, that link didn't work. Here:
Ein, schwei, ein, schwei, drei, vier!

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That-ism, prisonism, ism, ism.
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Maybe, maybe.
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Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout:
John and yoko, eric clapton, klaus voorman,
Penny lane, roosevelt, nixon, tommy jones and
Tommy cooper, that’s all there.
All we are saying is give peace a chance,
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Carrie said...

Jason is on a roll today.

mloyd, have a big party and we'll do an intervention for Jason...you hold him down while i tie him to the bed and we'll starve him and beat him into submission...now that's what i call an intervention hobo

madamerouge said...

You can understand how Jason's room-mates in university would sometimes lock him in his room...

your judgemental aunt said...

If you have already paid to see this movie I have another worthy cause that could always use donations.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Did Jason go to McMaster, where they give you a 'frosh name'? If so, I have a few suggestions what it would be.

madamerouge said...

He has a few already: Clacker, Mammie, Snacksie...

Jason and I went to Queen's. One of us finished.

I want to murder him today, but killing is wrong.

Jason said...

I tried to finish but had other things on my mind.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Well let's just say he wouldn't be getting called 'flamin' chicken' or 'chico' like The Uncanny Canadian's name.

I went to undergrad and grad here in the States and we didn't get Frosh names.

toobusyliving said...

You may not get frosh names in the States, but you have Freedom, which is far more important AG.

Never forget that.

toobusyliving said...

Adorable Rirlfriend, I have an article I'd really like to send you - how can we arrange this best? Email?

sasfdasfdljkfksdjkfjsd said...

ithought that last quote was right on.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

That's true TBL! However, our freedom is being infringed on daily.
You can email it to me at adorable girlfriend at yahoo dot com.

Thanks!

Jason said...

Madamerouge, you're liberty.

madamerouge said...

yay Rachel Weisz!

Jason said...

The real winners last night were the poor African people that gained 'awareness.'

madamerouge said...

Jimmy is full of beans today:

From: [Jimmy]
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 2:32 PM
To: [Mloyd]
Subject: RE: Montreal guy



Just making sure you know that. I am feeling CONTRARY today. Whore.

Carrie said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!