African History 1.65 Charity

Charities and NGOs are doing their best to improve health and education in Africa, bit by bit. Meanwhile, the guy who set up a Kickstarter to make potato salad raised $55,000. To make potato salad. Quite a world we live in.

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shelters and stuff like that but if we wanted to help a homeless person with

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charity we'd help them directly like we'd go buy them a McRib or something [A man giving a homeless person a McRib]

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because you know everybody deserves a McRib in general charity is a small

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scale and situation specific way to help people no charity usually does not [traffic quickly going by on a big bridge]

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develop whole economies or fix infrastructure but it can help

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individuals folks be healthier better educated and more self-reliant the big

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players in the charity game are nongovernmental organizations or NGOs as [a tree of hands symbolising non governmental organizations]

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the name very subtly implies NGOs are not associated with any government got

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that instead they provide social services free of charge typically to [NGO building on a map showing aid and services to places in the world]

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people from all over the world most common charities in Africa are religious

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there are the swarms of Christian missions and also the less common but

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still around Islamic waqfs most religious organizations in Africa are [religious people stood outside a large temple]

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awesome and helpful they provide food education and medical care to whoever

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needs it even if the needy don't wear a hijabs or JD bracelets well some

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stand-up examples are the Catholic missionaries of charity and the Islamic [christians holding signs outside a church]

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Crescent of Hope organization unfortunately there are some religious

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charities out there that rank significantly lower on the awesomeness

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scale charities of all religions have been caught red-handed in money [charity worker arrested with red hands]

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laundering schemes in Africa other religious NGOs have also been pressuring

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governments to adopt from harsh policies like oh say abiding truth ministries to [judge rendering a ruling with a gavel in a court room]

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encourage Uganda to institute the death penalty for LGBT people just what Uganda

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needs more death secular or non-religious charities are a smaller but growing part

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of the charity scene in Africa the most important one is the Bill and Melinda [Bill and Melinda Gates]

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Gates Foundation yep that Bill and Melinda gates this

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organization does a lot of good in africa by using its endless piles of [Bill Gates picking up a stack of money from an overflowing vault of cash]

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cash to fund infrastructure projects and to try to stamp out malaria unlike Bill

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Gates other major creation windows OS the foundation so far has avoided

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randomly crashing we kid you bill good work secular charities MO is usually [Bill Gates helping a homeless person]

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trying to solve a specific problem for example plan Canada found out that it's

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hard for peasant farmers to get social services if they don't have a valid [farmer wandering in a field]

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birth certificate so what did they do well they hired notaries to go make sure

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people had legitimate certificates of birth who knew a notary could be a [notary worker handing over a birth certificate to a peasant farmer]

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superhero and then there's engineers without borders who noticed that water

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poor countries could get more water by drilling boreholes down to underground [a man drilling a borehole in the ground]

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aquifer so guess what they did they wrote an existentialist play about it

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no just kidding they sent engineers to boreholes down to underground aquifers yeah

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so while not all charities and NGOs have lived up to the dream there are a bunch [asian people sitting in a line on the floor with food]

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out there who are doing a ton of good on the local level they aren't going to

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save an entire country all at the same time but they're going to do their best [Map of africa showing areas in green that are saved]

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to help bit by bit and proving that we don't have to be Superman to make a

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difference though being Superman would be pretty sweet [superman making a cup of coffee]