As part of our research we asked people if they would like to donate their participation fee to a local orphanage. To our surprise many people said yes. We are going to use this as part of our analysis to see what factors influence the decision to donate the fee or not. What was most surprising to us is that when we randomly doubled and even tripled the participation fee across different neighborhoods the response rate of yes remained very high. This was incredible and to see the generosity of some very poor people was awesome. One woman who was very poor and was raising over 10 kids, some she had adopted, told us she is poor and knows what it is like to be poor so we should give the money to the orphanage. Another man not only donated his fee but gave us money out of his pocket. Humbling to say the least. In the end we raised over 200,000CFA about $350 and gave it to the orphanage after we finished our research. It was a private orphanage and was in a very poor part of Dakar, one of the poorest places I’ve seen, and was really a network of private houses that took in children. We went to many of the houses and went to a celebration they were having for the protection of albino children. It was a great day and the people were so happy with our donation. I told them it was a gift from the U.S. but really it was gift from their own people.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.