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Charitable Ignorance


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Naoko
- 2920 days ago - nation.co.ke
In 2007, the International Finance Corporation discovered that only half of its aid-funded projects in Africa succeeded. When we consider that in 2009 the net bilateral Overseas Development Aid (ODA) to Africa was $27 billion and that pledges stood at



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Mack David (100)
Friday June 18, 2010, 5:54 am
naoka,
i find most charitable organizations are schemes where alot of people are getting paid well......
and alot of the funding never reaches the target placement.
I think the best charity would be build homes in a commune setting where there is land to be farmed and
people are taught skills that they can use to sustain themselves all in a solar,wind,water ,fire equipped
eco-environ..............
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 5:06 am
you have to be willing to really go all the way down, getting your hands and feet dirty, and deal with the mess of politics, countless checking and investigation, to every detail of the process.

I know a few charitable organizations that really go that far that extent.
 

Joy Wong (103)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 5:07 am
I believe that is very true, Mack. Millions of funds are collected but where do they actually end up, who benefits, only the people involved will know.
 

Terry B (649)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 7:32 am
Does not surpise me. Thieves are everywhere, especialy when they can act on behalf of a charity or governemnt.
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 9:44 am
Thanks Naoko. Let us pray that in future, people will be more particular where the money goes and not cease giving altogether.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 12:40 pm
They should be held accountable for where it is spend >
 

Marilyn K (50)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 1:42 pm
Can we afford to fund every country in the world as we try to raise their standard of living? It is an impossible task as there is greed, misrepresentation, personal embezzlers who feather their own nests. If your neighbor builds a beatiful home, you do not expect him to do the same for you. You work harder to meet better standards which will allow you to build your own home. If our country would work harder to build our country it would encite and enable other countries to emulate us.
 

Bess moore (6)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 3:28 pm
Charity begins at home!!! We need to take care of our own.We ARE Not our brothers keeper! We can not SAVE the whole world!! God helps those who help themselves!!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 3:39 pm
It is surprising how much of our aid never gets to those we seek to help. But then I guess it isn't surprising at all considering we are dealing with humans.
 

Teresa K (33)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 7:07 pm
I hope this does not stop people from giving....It just takes a little time to choose the right charity. ...
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 9:41 pm
Always remember that any institutions and establishments and tools can be used for good purpose, and for the scheming ones as "easy money" mechanism. As donors, we have to do our part in investigation, and also don't forget, the scheming ones can get better in time at masking the ugly parts and selling, advertising, marketing the parts we all want to hear and see. We have to get smarter in time too, at much faster rate than those crooks!
 

Bon L (0)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 2:26 am
Thanks for the article.
 

(0)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 7:56 am
I choose my charities very carefully, and since I can't give to all of them, I prefer to give to local charities that help my own community.
 

nora l (1)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 3:53 pm
This is why it's important to research who your giving money to. Ignorance is not bliss to the people that need your support.
 
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