Last week I completed #6 of my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days: to buy a goat/chicken/something for charity.
It’s easy to forget how easy and good things are for most of us in the west. And just looking at myself I consider my life to without any “real” worries. I’m not rich by western standard but I make a normal wage. But generally speaking I’m blessed: I have a roof above my head, clothes on my back, a good education, a job, and the choice amongst an insane variety of food and materialistic items at my disposal, that I can order with a few clicks of my mouse.
And yet we do little for the rest of the world. Sure I make my donations to the cancerfund and WWF but that’s about it. The best thing of course would be to go to problem areas and try to make a chance but realistically speaking I’m just not that type of person. But that doesn’t mean I can’t do a little more. So that’s why I put “buy a goat/chicken/something for charity” on my list.
I choose one of the most well-known and recognized charities: Oxfam Novib. You can make donations but they also have a webshop where you can buy things like animals, clean water, but also schoolbooks and medicine for people in situations way worse then we have it.
As I scrolled through their webshop in search for a chicken to give I also came across the program “train a farmer” where you spend a little money so someone can learn how to grow their own crops and take care of animals. Thinking of the saying “give a man a fish and he has food for a day, but teach a man how to fish and he has food his entire life” (or something like that) I figured it would be a great alternative to give as well.
For just €30,- they can give someone this training and some basic supplies to start learning how to provide for themselves and hopefully they’ll even grow enough to sell some and get other necessities, like education for their children. Which I also tried to support by adding schoolbooks to my donation.
It might only be something small but if we all do something small the effect will be tremendous. So if you have a little bit to spare, or if you don’t mind skipping your starbucks coffee, big mac, or buying another pair of shoes you know you don’t really need it would be nice if you too, could donate/buy something at Oxfam Novib (or other charity of your choice).