Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ABC The Drum - To hell and back again: meet Shane Dolan

Very inspiring story about sustainable development, depression and recovery. Onya Shane

Shane's letter moved me deeply. Depression works in part by distorting your view of yourself in relation to others, so that you lose sight of how greatly you are valued by others. For Shane Dolan, going back worked literally like a cure.

"For many years", he writes, "I felt like such a failure ... Returning after 17 years and witnessing what has been achieved and the respect from the people has allowed me finally to validate my experience and start the process of rebuilding my self-esteem. So after crying a river of tears, and many reunions and hugs, the healing process has begun. It feels like I have been holding my breath all these years."

Now that he can (metaphorically) breathe, Shane Dolan is working for Ethiopia again. Having identified gaps in the supply of quality construction equipment, he's organising a shipment, financed by the Australian NGO Planet Wheeler Foundation.

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