What are the big charities doing?

I don’t think many people go about their days without, at least once a day, being exposed and “bombarded” by charity work or advertising on tv, newspapers, radio or even on the street. So, how many charities do you know? There are some bigger than others, but almost everyone has heard names like Samaritans, Unicef, Save the Children, Macmillan, Oxfam and The Red Cross.

Many charities have been in business for many decades and are well-established in almost every country. But something that baffles me is, with all the money and aid that has been given to these and other charities throughout the years, how come there’s still millions of people in need of, for example, the most basic things, like clean water, electricity, food and housing?

A woman holding a jar labelled Charity full of coins
Saving for charity

How is it possible for some people, like the singer and music producer Akon (American born of Senegalese descent), to do something like provide solar power for millions of people in Africa, in a short space of time? If one person – ONE – was able to do that very quickly, my real question is what have all the other charities been doing then? What has the money given been used for?

You see, the problem with many charities is that when you give money to them – on the street, to someone working for them, or by giving £2, £3 or £5 a month via your bank account – that money will almost always find its way to the pockets of the CEOs or board of directors. These are the people that get most of the money you give. Very little money ends up being used to help the real people in need.

Akon provies solar power to millions of Africans
I think the picture says it all… doesn’t it?

Some people might be shocked, but many others will find no surprise in this. If only a few millionaires or billionaires put some of their money together to tackle poverty in many parts of the world, most likely we wouldn’t have poverty right now; we wouldn’t be seeing those stupid and disgraceful tv ads during meal times of hungry and badly nutritioned African and Middle Eastern children, to make us feel guilty and sorry for them while we eat.

It’s unbelievable that we’re in 2018, and despite all the advances in technology and medicine, we still see many countries without the minimum acceptable living conditions, while the most advanced countries thrive in wasting their money and time in the most frivolous of things.

Next time you see a charity worker in the street, ask where the money is really going, before you part with it. Next time you see a charity ad on tv, stop what you’re doing for a minute and think where the money that you’d be giving every month would be going? And ask yourself: if one man can do it, what would happen if many people joined together to do it? Imagine that…

#theeleven11

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