by Betsy MalcolmThree individuals helping over 900 organizations in Africa use technology to serve uncounted individuals in their health care, education, and in every other important aspect of their lives. Twenty years ago it would have been impossible. Today, Kabissa is doing it.
Three years ago, as I was reading Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, I heard Kim Lowery, Co-Executive Director of Kabissa, speak and was immediately struck by what a perfect example Kabissa is of Friedman's flat world. The global reach of the Internet allows clusters of terrorists to project fear around the world and allows the customer service person discussing my local purchase to be located in Denpasar. But it also allows the small Kabissa team to effect positive change for thousands of Africans. What a remarkable development! And Kabissa is in the vanguard - providing Internet tools and services to grassroots organizations in Africa.
The very tininess of Kabissa appeals to me. It means my donations of time and money (and Kabissa welcomes both!) have a real impact. With no bureaucracy to support, every dollar or hour I give directly impacts the ability of a non-profit organization in Africa to improve someone's life. I am pleased to be able to help.
-Betsy Malcolm has been involved with Kabissa for the last three years. She has hosted two receptions for Kabissa in her New York home, and is a member of the event committee planning Kabissa's Wine Tasting for Change on April 18.