Here and NowPosted: March 27, 2012
“There are so many important charities out there. Why should I give to you?”
I hear this a lot lately. The answer cannot be summed up in just a few words, but I will try to keep it as brief as possible.
Reason #1: Children are dying. 3.5 million children die from diarrhea and acute respiratory infection every year. Hand washing with soap can prevent these illnesses – it could save 1.2 million of these children.
Reason #2: You can make a difference today. This is not to raise money for research for a cure or a vaccine. This is hygiene education. This is not something that will take place years from now. It can happen right now.
Reason #3: Your money makes a difference. It’s not going into anyone’s salary or pay. I, and everyone involved, are 100% gratis. So all the donations go to improving the quality of life for the people of India.
Allow me to use HIV research as an example. You have most likely given some money, let’s say $10, towards this. Your $10 paid a researcher’s salary for part of an hour. Don’t get me wrong – what they are doing is important, like many other research foundations. But they all require a lot of money for progress to be made – billions of dollars over several years.
Diarrhea kills more children under the age of five than AIDS, TB, and malaria combined. And today – right now – you can save 5 lives, 537 school days, and give 150 years of life to the village of Saraiya for $1.74 a person. I assure you, these are conservative numbers. If I add in the assistance we will be getting from other organizations like Eco Femme, you can now allow 12 girls to remain in school and empower 537 women for $3.73 a person. Think about the ripple effect of this – countless numbers will be helped and saved.
Think about the last $10 or $20 you spent, perhaps at Starbucks or Subway. You didn’t buy anything that made a real impact in anyone’s life. $1.74 to change the world, today.
Giving to +1ndia you help 1 person, 1 family, 1 village at a time to transform India…and the world. Look at that – I guess I was able to put it into a few words.
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