DIY Foreign Aid on a Budget
The great thing about DIY is that it is cheap and effective.
That applies to DIY foreign aid just as much as it does to building that book shelf the wife has been moaning about for the last year.
You can get somebody else to do it, but then you know it is going to cost alot more and probably be done to a lower standard as well.
If you really want to get ripped off just get a government department to do the job. Not only will you pay through the nose, you will also get crap service. That is why much of the seven billion we spend in aid every year simply goes down the toilet.
Not only does our governmental aid fail to reach the deserving poor, it is often used to ensure they remain downtrodden.
Have a read of this Daily Mail article (HERE). AHa! I hear you say, but that is the Daily Mail, they would say that wouldn't they?
Well, how about this Zambian Economist (HERE) Incidentally she created quite a stir with her book titled Dead Aid (Amazon HERE)
So what can you do?
Personally, I have followed the advice given by the above Zambian economist (DAMBISA MOYO) and have loaned out (not given) a small amount of cash to honest hardworking folk all over the world through an organisation called Kiva (HERE)
It may be only a lousy $150 in total but I suspect it does more good than a considerably bigger sum doled out by the foreign office.
Not only that it is also relatively safe.
On Kiva you can deal yourself in with $25 (circa £18). That and you can also get your money back if necessary. This is Billothewisps Kiva page (HERE)
At least have a look at Kiva. You can make a difference as an individual by giving a hand up not a hand out. Even though you end up doing the bloody Foreign Office's job for them.