Thursday, May 25, 2006

Money to Africa - Caution Needed

Bono has helped created a huge wave of interest in alleviating poverty in Africa. In his own words, "we are close to a tipping point". I'm thankful that so many people are finally showing compassion to millions in dire need. Some of them are my personal friends. Remember, many more Africans die each day due to preventable sicknesses than the number who died in the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 changed our world. It's about time that Africans get their world changed for the better.

At the same time, we must show extreme caution as we hit this tipping point. Huge amounts of money are flowing to Africa and much of it will be wasted if we're all not careful. We should be generous, but let's use good stewardship principles as well. Let's find honest and transparent local organizations to give to. Let's make sure this money doesn't create more corruption. It's complex and it is our responsibility to make sure the money is "invested" well. Bono gave some great advice in this article, "listening to activists living in Africa will be important."


At 7:31 PM, Blogger Joan said...

I recommend supporting the Village of Hope near Accra, Ghana. Click on my blog to see pictures from my trip.


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