Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects


Aid from Africa: Lessons for the West from the Motherland

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After spending years traveling, living, and working in Africa I came to the conclusion that there was ‘something’ about Africa. A deep knowledge about flourishing that I hadn’t found anywhere else in the world. This left me questioning; is it possible to experience happiness and flourishing despite some of the more difficult circumstances known to mankind? Aid from Africa is a journey to personal understanding and flourishing in rural South Africa. The Motherland is often seen as the birthplace of humanity, and yet it is home to some of the worst conditions for life on the planet. It is also home to some of the greatest examples of the beauty of humanity. Traditionally seen as a money pit of corruption and Aid; Africa has another story to tell. Through the lens of positive psychology, Aid from Africa tells this story, and shows that we still have a lot to learn from our Motherland.


Positive, Psychology, Africa, Culture, Aid, Multiculturalism, Intercultural, Competence

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Date Posted: 03 May 2012