Living in England for seven years among such wealth and opulence certainly didn’t prepare me for my return to South Africa. With millions living below the poverty line, our public medical system being stretched beyond limits and disabled people not being helped by government or society.
Feeling overwhelmed I made it my mission to find two charities and pour my efforts into raising money for them rather than dilute my effectiveness across the board.
In my humble opinion if you are going to try and help a charity then you should.
- Do your research and make sure they need help. Some charities are drowning in cash and the people running them are taking masses of cash to run it therefore a small percentage gets to where it should.
- Will your help make a difference, or will your money disappear into an abyss.
- Is the difference measurable? Can you quantify how your money or donations are helping where needed.
To elaborate on these 3 points I am only speaking from experience where I recently heard a lady was paying herself R2 Million a year and a minuscule amount of the donations were actually benefiting those who she was meant to be helping.
Ethembeni School is based in Cato Ridge and has 400 kids who are physically disabled or visually impaired. They survive on just about zero assistance from the government and rely massively on donations as all of the kids come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
Here are a couple of ways you can get involved.
Adopt a child is a project that is ongoing. Most of our learners are from rural areas and a big percentage of their parents are either unemployed or deceased or have many mouths to feed and therefore cannot pay the hostel fees for their children, hence the project.
Education is necessary and knowledge is power and therefore we feel that all children need to be educated.
HANDCYCLE FOR PERKINS BRAILLE MACHINES
Braille improved communication for the blind by giving them a quick and efficient way to read and write .
The Blind Students of Ethembeni School are in need of new Braille Machine to enhance their Educational Career.
I will be competing in the inaugural Hand cycle event in the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon to race funds for these machines.
You can donate by clicking here:
In essence, you can never lose by giving. So go ahead. Choose two charities and pour your heart and soul into them and see how much you gain by giving.