Everyday, around the world, 1.4 billion continue to live in extreme poverty. That’s incomprehensible. Seriously. ‘We’ (the minority who are lucky enough to live in developed countries like USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, etc…) just have no idea.
But for anybody who’s been to the poorest slum areas of countries like Philippines, Kenya, Colombia, or Bangladesh – our lives will never be the same again. Coming face to face with awesome people who just have no hope in life is heart-rending, and suddenly we realise that to ignore their daily life-or-death struggle is callous in the extreme.
Of course, not everybody has millions of dollars to inject into humanitarian aid. And not everybody should be expected to go as a worker into the slums, rubbish tips, or barren villages of the third world. But everybody can care. And that’s why this site exists.
One way to care is to remain informed.
Another way to care is to encourage the great work of indigenous and multi-national community and humanitarian development works.
And, of course, when we know who we’re supporting and can trust their integrity and reliability, then we can frequently care by providing financial or in-kind assistance. Teams of awesome people around the world are bleeding their hearts out daily as they work on incredibly limited resources, and they frequently come face to face with needs that they can’t possibly satiate. But our donations, however small, are essential to keep expanding this great work.
And where ‘charity’ leaves off, business can take up. More and more, NGO’s and development workers are looking for creative, entrepreneurial ways to generate funds through business endeavours which also provide work experience, vocational training, employment opportunities, and economic stimulation to local community economies. Our decision to buy ‘Fair Trade’ and to support communities through the purchase of their export products, can ensure that even our regular daily spending is having a responsible and positive impact on the lives of our fellow human brothers and sisters.
Please come with me on my journeys, as I visit numerous teams, organisations, communities, and countries, and learn about the needs, the solutions, the people, the stories, that together demonstrate the fullest vitality of life!