There are many, many Non-Profit Organizations that are close to my heart – where they are doing things that I agree with, have partaken in, or simply think is a worthwhile ambition. Did you know that one of the first national NPO’s was Harvard University? We think that they are all small companies looking to make a difference, but I think we forget that most of them actually have! In more ways than one! I’ve personally served in the inner cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and even in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, and its tourist city Siem Reap. While not everyone is given those opportunities (and while some are even given more), we can all find some way to feel a part of the world at large.
I don’t want this to sound preachy, but come on, if you live in America you’re in the richest 2% of everyone in the world – and as of Halloweekend, that will be 7 billion people. I don’t know about you, but my Facebook friends only to go a little over 1,000, and even I think that’s a lot of people to be connected to. I can’t even comprehend how large of a number 7 billion people is.
What we don’t understand is how often it’s the non profits that do the work that we know should be done, but it’s plainly too much to wrap our heads around. Like world peace. or hunger. or poverty. What we don’t realize is how often those funds don’t come from us, but should. Non profits are entirely reliant on external funding to make their actions happen – they don’t keep it for themselves, with big bonuses and expensive trips, instead they give that money to people who need to eat fo that day. or month. or year. And even just $5 (not even a full Chipotle burrito!) can help make someone’s entire week’s diet.
Just a thought – who knows, even you could partake in some of their services yourselves! Make a difference.
- Cambodia: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Yangon. (livinginpp.wordpress.com)