Where would the world be today without Charities?
Non-profit organisations are such an important part of todays society and they exist to help give back to the community directly or indirectly through people who are struggling with illness, poverty or many other unfortunate circumstances. I truly believe if everybody (over 18 years of age) in NZ donated a minimum of $1 a day, we could eradicate poverty in a third world country such as Ethiopia, let alone if everybody around the world donated this amount – poverty and third world countries would not exist!!! Thinking about this was a WAKE UP call for me. It just goes to show that one small idea can make a big difference in many lives in undeveloped countries (I prefer this term rather than third world countries – it sounds so inhumane).
I recently discovered the Leprosy Mission of NZ http://www.leprosymission.org.nz (check out their awesome website, very informative and interactive). It even has a calculator on the website to say how many people around the world have developed Leprosy depending on how long you have spent on their website.
The thing that drew me in initially was their motto “Creating big change with your small change'” it’s so encouraging to know someones small change ($5 – the cost of a large espresso these days) can make such a difference in people’s lives.
What is leprosy? Leprosy (also known as Hansen’s disease) is caused by bacteria which attack nerves in the hands, feet and face leaving them numb. If left untreated, leprosy can affect the peripheral nerves and cause the fingers and toes to claw inwards. The disease can also attack the eyes, resulting in infections, cataracts and even blindness.
I felt so naive not knowing what leprosy was, now I know what it is I want to help! So … I ordered a Moneybox donation pack off the Leprosy Mission NZ website. Check out the link so you can order yours too. My dream one day soon is to go to an undeveloped country on a missionary and help people in the community such as collecting water, helping with school education, building shelter and daily tasks.
In the meantime I will continue “creating big change with ‘my’ small change”