Another example of how normal people taking action themselves can do things the dinosaur charities and governments seem to be unable to, however much money they throw around.
Komal Ahmad is solving what she calls the “most unnecessary problem of our time.” Photo: Facebook Komal Ahmad was a student at UC Berkeley when she experienced a life-changing moment. She had just returned from summer training for the U.S. Navy when she met a homeless veteran on the sidewalk. He hadn’t eaten in three days. Yet, across the street, thousands of pounds of uneaten food was being thrown away by her school. This was unacceptable to Ahmad, so she did something about it.
The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity: Business & Financing War (1997)
The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity, by Michael Maren, is a book about good intentions gone awry, in the realm of charitable assistance to Africa. The author argues that the international aid industry is a big business more concerned with winning its next big government contract than helping needy people. The focus of the book is Somalia. Among the organizations criticized are World Vision, Save the Children, Christian Children’s Fund, UNICEF, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, and USAID. The book argues that relief aid helped bolster the regime of Siad Barre.
Giving support to others may have more brain benefits than receiving support.
A new study suggests that giving social support to others may benefit the giver more than the receiver on a neurobiological level. The researchers used fMRI brain imaging to pinpoint three specific brain benefits of giving social support to others.
The author says: “It’s always encouraging when the latest neuroscience confirms the possibility of creating an upward spiral of well-being for all parties involved through prosocial acts of loving-kindness, generosity, and feelings of gratitude.”
The Gates Foundation – widely assumed to be ‘doing good’, is imposing a neoliberal model of development and corporate domination that’s opening up Africa’s agriculture to land and seed-grabbing global agribusiness, writes Colin Todhunter. In the process it is foreclosing on the real solutions – enhancing food security, food sovereignty and the move to agroecological farming.
The article is a thorough summary of a report by Global Justice Now: ‘Gated Development – Is the Gates Foundation always a force for good?’. It goes into detail about the foundation’s extremely dodgy connections and actions. Well worth a read.
“One thing that keeps me puzzled, despite having studied finance and economics at the world’s best universities, the following question remains unanswered. Why is it that 5,000 units of our currency is worth one unit of your currency where we are the ones with the actual gold reserves? It’s quite evident that the aid is in fact not coming from the West to Africa but from Africa to the Western world. The Western world depends on Africa in every possible way since alternative resources are scarce out here. So how does the West ensure that the free aid keeps coming? By systematically destabilizing the wealthiest African nations and their systems, and all that backed by huge PR campaigns — leaving the entire world under the impression that Africa is poor and dying and merely surviving on the mercy of the West.
A recent article on pontiactribune.com sheds some more light on the dodgy “charity” that Bill Gates is operating. Knowing the pointlessness of reading the foundation’s own publicity, or the mainstream media’s parroting of it, they dug into the recently released tax returns for 2012.
Apart from the shameful investments in corporations which finance most of the things the Foundation claims to be trying to alleviate, one interesting item came up which could be easily overlooked.
Until recently, I, like many people I know, believed that charities were required to publish their accounts and be open to the public. Apparently not. One year after Mother Jones reported the foundation’s investment in a seriously dodgy prison company, the philanthropy’s trust will not say if one of its most controversial holdings is still on its books.
All is not as it seems in the Charity world, I think.
The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project.
As one of the commenters on youtube said, it kind of makes you wonder what the hell all the other billionaires are doing with their time.
If you read a statement from the Vatican saying that the Pope is working with Satan to achieve Christian peace on Earth, you’d be a bit skeptical at least, wouldn’t you? Yet WWF frequently admit that they are “working with” monsters like Cargill and Monsanto. David wasn’t “working with” Goliath, and medals aren’t handed out for working with the enemy.
The purposes of corporations such as Monsanto are directly opposed to the declared purpose of WWF, and working with them is a contradiction. If you want to go up, the down button is irrelevant, you can’t use it to go up, no matter how good you are at “spinning” your story. If someone’s pressing the down button, no matter what they say, you know what their real agenda is (or that they’re completely insane).