Monday, 8 February 2016

Why should I help Africa when there are people in-need here?

Each person on our Board & Committee supports local and Canadian causes, whether it is donating funds or volunteering our time. Canada is a relatively rich country but there are still short-falls in the system and we all want to do our bit to help. It is natural and commendable to look after your own family first and then the community around you. But luckily it’s not an either/or choice. Each of us has the capacity to balance our acts of kindness between local and international causes.  

Advantages of donating towards our programs in Kahama

1. You can help meet more basic needs with fewer dollars. A donation of $10 will have more impact in an African country than it will in a developed one.  
  •  $10 will provide meals for 20 children at Kahama’s Amani HIV/AIDS Clinic. The toxic life-saving drugs cause painful side-effects and are less effective if taken without adequate nutrition.
  • $100 will send a child to school for a year; this includes fees, school supplies and text books.
  •   A child in Kahama can die of diarrhea for the lack of a 10-cent packet of nutrients.

2.  You will get to see your donated dollars at work. We will email you photographs of the actual child, family or organization that benefited from your donation.  You can follow our progress on facebook and in this blog.

3. In addition to helping break the cycle of poverty, you are also investing in a better, more equitable future for the children in Kahama.

4. Poverty is relative. According to the United Nations:
  • Of 6.2 billion living in the world today, 1.2 billion live on less than $1 per day. Nearly 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day.
  • Over 840 million people in the world are malnourished—799 million of them are from the developing world. More than 153 million of them are under the age of 5.
  • Every day, 34,000 children under five die of hunger or other hunger-related diseases. This results in 6 million deaths a year.
  • 1.2 billion people lack access to clean water; 2.4 billion live without decent sanitation; and 4 billion without waste-water disposal.
  • 12 million people die each year from lack of water, including 3 million children from waterborne disease. More than 113 million children in the developing world are without access to basic education; 60 percent of them are girls.

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.'
Margaret Mead

For more information, to volunteer, to sponsor a child or to make a donation contact me , mail to The One Person Project, 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z5  donate on-line or make a payment into our account at the Summerland Credit Union (Summerland, British Columbia).  

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