I clicked on this last night. Can't watch the second half because I have no money to give to this particular charity unfortunately, and the guilt would hurt me badly.
I give to the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Kenya. I asked that the money be given towards FGM corrective surgery. I support a Padre in Southern Africa also. I only give peanuts , but it's long term and the Missionaries say that it goes a long way , so not to worry about it being so tiny.
So I have a Catholic interest in it you might say. I prefer to give to Catholic charities as I feel there is a commitment to African parishes which NGOs cannot replicate, plus I appreciate that my family and I are prayed for daily by the good Sisters .
So far ,so Catholic. However ,I wonder would it not be better if all the Aid Workers decided to tackle on problem a year instead of piecemeal projects on Education, Child Vaccination, Loans for Small Businesses , Women's Rights, Family Planning ,AIDS, and Orphan Care.
Its so monolithic , Africa and the biggest problem seems to be a lack of access to clean drinking water.
Have the charities ever considered dropping their usual duties and said , '' Right. This year we're going to dig wells and maybe build public bathrooms . If we all work together , we can solve one problem in the lives of ordinary Africans. free, up the lives and the time of the water -bearers , break the cycle of disease and infection , and give the clean water to drink.''
I know years ago this would have been impossible ,but now we have Skype and mobile phones and email. Surely it wouldn't be too hard for the ''Elders of the Aid Givers Tribe '' whomever they are ,to give leadership on this?