need to confront the question of our own financial sustainability. Dependence
on donor money has at times proven detrimental to the realisation of our
mission. This dynamic of aid-dependence sheds light on a contradiction that
exists within development work today: we work towards empowering people but
often end up making ourselves and the poor we serve charity-dependent instead.
This flawed model, in addition to the ever-intensifying donor fatigue,
undermines the power of the Gospel and impedes the authentic liberation of
those trapped in poverty.
Thus, while we remain ever grateful for the
contribution we have managed to make to the people of Zimbabwe through Silveira
House over the years, we remain alert to the present and future challenges that
confront us. It is, however, our hope that what was begun 55 years ago will
continue growing in strength for the next 55 years and beyond, for the benefit
of the less privileged, in whatever form that this will take in the future.
[Article from "Jesuits - The Society of Jesus in the world - 2020", by Arnold Moyo SJ]