West Africa is in a crisis. Matthew Wade’s article from last Saturdays SMH A Tragedy in Niger highlighted the problem in graphic ways. How do we in the safety and abundance of Australia respond?
Whilst 99.99% of individuals in Australia can make no macro difference to the problems in Africa, we can all respond in micro ways. We can help 1 person. We can help 1 child. We can provide 1 bag of food. We can provide 1 injection of medicine.
When the numbers are this small, the opportunity becomes manageable!!
I am not naive. I know when i purchase “water supplies” from tear, not all my money goes to the water supplies. There is a pool that my money goes into and is distributed hopefully wisely by the corporation I donate too.
However is this an excuse not to try and help 1 person?
There are stacks of organizations working in west Africa trying to help that 1 person, that 1 child, get food for tomorrow. Check them out.
- UNICEF Sahel appeal – UNICEF.org.au
- Save the Children – savethechildren.org.au
- Oxfam – Oxfam.org.au
- See others in Matt’s article linked above