The poor don’t need charity

HOPEProbably not the title you expected to read on a blog that’s about helping others, especially those less well off! I’m not entirely comfortable with the statement myself, but I am definitely challenged by the thinking behind a campaign I came across recently – ‘UNCHARITY’ by HOPE International.

For too long, we’ve underestimated the power of people living in poverty.

The basic idea behind this campaign is based on microfinance, which isn’t a new idea, but I love this concept of ‘uncharity’. Here it is: providing our money, skills or resources to the poor, is not enough. In fact, this campaign goes so far to say that it has even been a hinderance to people breaking out of the cycle of poverty. HOPE says that “despite our best intentions, this approach has all too often done harm rather than good. Economist Dambisa Moyo reports in Dead Aid that Africa has received over $1 trillion in aid in the past 50 years, and in many countries, growth has stagnated–even plummeted.” A surprising fact, but it definitely makes sense –

By ignoring the God-given creativity, abilities, and motivation of those living in poverty, we’ve created feelings of dependence that cripple dreams rather than expanding them. HOPE International believes that charity is not the answer, that some of the best solutions to poverty come from the poor themselves.

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WFP (2012, A Year to Remember)

“Together, we provided nearly 200,000 school meals for children (in Kenya).

Together, we gave nearly 15,000 mothers and children the food they needed to survive for 100 days (in the drought ravaged region of Sahel, Africa) .

Together, we’ve already provided food to more than 770 families, helping guarantee that frightened children don’t have to go to bed hungry (in war-torn Syria).

You have been part of efforts to provide food for more than 100 million people worldwide.”

Where’s the Controversy in Saving Lives? [VIDEO]

Engaging video with some hard hitting facts like “information about and access to contraceptives would save the lives of over 100,000 mothers and 600,000 children” – wow. Great program from the Gates Foundation.

Raise your voice and pledge to support family planning for the millions who need and want it:

Original source: Daily DoGooder.

So Much More Than a Box

The OCC Story: You might be familiar with the mission of Operation Christmas Child. But there’s a lot more to the story than just shoe boxes.

Clever little video showing the lasting impact of this awesome ministry. Enjoy, and get your box together for this Christmas!

Lately: Water // Water // Water

Water. One of the biggest single issues impacting the lives of millions of people across the third world… hence why there are probably more organisations based on or involved in activites to improve access to or the quality of water.

So it’s pretty easy to find projects and awesome campaigns about water – here’s a few I’ve come across lately…

#1 // Walk to Water – OD Australia

WALK TO WATER on Saturday 15 September and give Christian families in Northern Nigeria access to clean, running water.

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100,000 lives changed

Big congratulations for all the hard work by Compassion Australia who are changing the lives of 100,000 children, babies and mothers…


You could be the next ‘1 more’… If you don’t already sponsor a Compassion child I highly recommend you consider it… There’s still hundreds more kids, babies and mums who need support. You can make a massive difference in the life of someone for less than you probably spend on coffee each week.

What’s It Like to Live Below the Line?

Some good friends from church, the Jacobs family, were one group among thousands of other Aussies who recently took part in Live Below the Line. I thought it might be a good opportunity to ask them about the experience and get some insights into what it is like to live below the Australian equivalent of the “poverty line”.

“Live Below the Line will challenge you to live on $2 a day, for 5 days. It opens a window onto the day-to-day experience of extreme poverty…”

Here’s a few questions I asked The Jacobs about their experience…

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Clothing with a Conscience

If you like design, and particularly if you are into T-shirts, then you’ll probably know about ‘Threadless‘ – an awesome brand/outlet for all things ‘T-shirt’. While checking out the site the other day I stumbled upon something I haven’t seen before – the “Atrium”.

Something which is pretty obvious when you think about it, but I’ve only really just come to realise in recent months, is that the T-shirt is one of the most powerful mediums to communicate and distribute a message. I recently did some work with renown T-shirt connoisseur Eddie Zammitt (founder of T-world journal), and quickly came to realise the impact and importance of T-shirt culture. If you think about it, most, if not everyone, wears T-shirts. Generally people will only wear T-shirts if they like the style, and probably more importantly, if they support the message that the tee communicates. So by someone wearing a tee by a certain brand or with a certain message, then they are basically endorsing that brand or message. Continue reading “Clothing with a Conscience”