Friday, March 18, 2005

Intentions are not enough

Last night I was watching The National and a story was done examining the aid being given to those affected by the tsunami. Sadly, there are so many aid organizations that unnecessary issues are being created by foreigners and making the act of helping problematical. So many aid organizations are there (~200) and many want to give food to people who need it. Seems good, but because of the number, there is competition for the resources which results in a bidding war and prices being driven up. Wtf!

There also seems to be issues with the utilization of donated money. They actually can't spend it all. Some groups are saying do not donate anymore to tsunami relief. Hmmm... Countries where people are still in need, one would think you could just hire more staff and build a house faster or whatever, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Sigh...

Lastly, though some cities are completely saturated with people are resources, if you go two hours out, there are very few or no groups helping at all. The charities either they don't know about it, don't feel it is a safe, or it is away from news cameras. Publicity = more donations.

I understand that a charity has be a business,
but charity shouldn't be Business.


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