The Manuleu crops have produced many vegetables for the community. Corn and pumpkin have been harvested providing a good source of food for the live-in members.
The cash economy is bypassing the traditional community and it is very sad. One result of this is the amount of drug abuse.
We also need to be careful in development programs that we do not further destroy the dignity of those we believe we are assisting.
“After being delivered, we held hands (metaphorically speaking) and hung around together in this 'strange land' – the main street in Ashfield.”
“Opening our hands to the world is not about the flag waving, wearing, kissing or burning seen recently on our streets. It requires us to become vulnerable…”
Barry's story emphasises how such sharing across cultures has enriched him with great joy, yet made him vulnerable to the depths of pain.