As a child, I often heard grownups saying: “Finish your plate! Do you know how grateful would be African children if they could eat such a meal?”
Seriously, If I could, I would pack my whole plate into a box and send it straightly to Africa. But I couldn’t, as the food would obviously get rotten on the way. So the educational sentence of grown-ups became a sole cliche, with both sides silently acknowledging that although there are deprived children in the world, my leftover will end up in the rubbish bin anyway.
Now little bit of statistics: according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted”.
On other side, “approximately 3.1 million children die from hunger each year. Globally, 99 million under-five year olds were underweight in 2013, two thirds of which lived in Asia and about one third in Africa”. (www.worldhunger.org)
These are not cliche any more. These are the facts.
While one part of the world is obsessed with weight loss and superfoods, other part is fighting malnutrition. Everybody knows that. Everybody agrees it’s a devastating paradox. But at the same time, we feel powerless, we believe there is nothing we can do to change it. We hope that charity organizations will sort it out.
But we surely can shop less. We can eat less. And that little bit we save up by shopping less, we may be willing to donate to these in need. But where to send it? We hear that salaries of the biggest bosses in charity organizations go often to astronomical values. In the UK, for example, there were 30 charity chiefs paid more than £100,000 a year in 2012, the daily Telegraph revealed. Taken monthly, it equals to $10,737 per month or 140,921ZAR per month.
A street fundraiser that asks people to sign up for a direct debit of £5 or £10 a month, will be paid a reward of £80 to £120 for each person that agrees to it. Generally, the whole first year you pay only the fundraiser’s wage.
No wonder donations from public dropped in the past years, as people want to see their £5 really feeding a starving child or paying for his medicine.
So I decided to introduce you some local charities in deprived areas that are straightly helping the poor communities by providing food and health care. Small organizations that are depending on support of local donors and their names will hardly reach the outside world. They work hard and they struggle. They know much more help is needed, but they can’t afford to give it.