by Original Volunteers
Sadly, we read stories in the media about money being raised by charities that isn’t getting to where it is needed most. Unlike large international charities who use agencies and third party organisations to send many millions overseas, volunteers heading to projects can ensure that their donations get to exactly the right place.
When you’re a volunteer, there is no need for a middle man. You can be on the spot, helping out right away or arranging local help if something needs to be done. If the drains need repairing, our co-ordinating team can help you to hire the labourer and tools to get the work done straight away. Getting hands-on to arrange and follow a project through to the end are the best methods for success when you’re involved with charity work.
It’s also true to say that volunteers visiting a project every day will often spot things that others may not notice. For example, you could be helping out at a childrens’ home and you notice that a child’s belongings are all tidied away in a pile under their bed. Ask yourself: what if that child had their own wardrobe or small cupboard? It could mean that they may feel more at home, have something they could call their own and keep their few precious belongings clean and safe. How much would it cost to buy a small cupboard or side table? In Africa, around £6. That’s £6 to change the way a child sees themselves; to feel welcome and safe. It may also help sow the seeds of self-reliance and determination for their future.
Although you could make a donation to an orphanage of say, £100, what happens to that money? The directors of the orphanage need to be realistic and will have other priorities. They perhaps need to pay the water bill and the housekeeper; make sure there is feed for the chickens in the yard, make repairs to the building. The list could be endless and so many other little things get overlooked.
A constant stream of volunteers sharing their unique experience and perspective can mean all the little gaps can be filled! If you spot something that needs sorting, you can personally arrange for it to be done. Even if you can’t spot anything, you can ask other people for their thoughts or suggestions for improvement. Working together, you can spot even the smallest ideas for change which could make a huge difference to a child’s well-being.