I Did What I Had to Do!

I Did What I Had to Do!

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Every once in a while a book comes along that genuinely portrays what it means to be "called to service." I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO! is that book - and it could only have been written by James E. Diamond. This book describes the time the author and his wife spent as Peace Corps volunteers in Chad, a poor land-locked country in central Africa. In 1971, armed with a degree in Animal Science, Dr. Diamond and his wife Betty headed off to Chad, where they worked with the Chadian people - not by bringing in new state of the art equipment, which would require fuel, spare parts, and constant maintenance and repairs - but by teaching them modern agricultural practices that would prove to be the keys to sustainable change. For example, while Betty taught bread making and sewing, Jim was busy teaching them how to build and use pit silos to produce and store supplies that could keep the livestock healthy even in the dry season. They operated on the theory that helping people to help themselves, while integrating the traditional practices of the Chadian people with proven modern agricultural practices, was the route to successful change. And the Diamonds emerged as changed as the people they were sent to help.
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  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0533163250
  • 9780533163250

About James E Diamond

James E. Diamond has dedicated his career to helping people in under-developed countries, and has traveled and worked in Chad, Ethiopia, Albania, China, Bulgaria, & Tanzania in order to do so. He has a B.S. in Animal Science from Delaware Valley College, a Masters Degree in Counseling from Lehigh University, and a Ph. D. in Agricultural Education from Penn State University. Now retired, he and his wife Betty live in Ottsville, PA. That is, until the next time they are needed elsewhere...
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