#2 Aid is just a “bandaid.”
I have discussed this rationalization before (in the April 2018 newsletter), but I think it is worth revisiting, because it is so commonly used as a “reason” to not take and follow through on the pledge. One of the common objections about donating to help the global poor is that the help is just “providing a bandaid.” Even if this were the case, is there no value to temporary relief, especially if it paves the way for long-term health? When is the last time you had a serious wound that was bleeding profusely and you didn’t run to get a bandaid? If your child was dying of diarrhea and needed the “bandaid” of IV fluids, what would you do?
But beyond this obvious rebuttal to the “bandaid” excuse for not giving, I want to suggest that the amazing, highly cost-effective work our recommended nonprofits do is not a mere “bandaid.” Day in and day out, our nonprofits strive to improve the health and raise the standard of living of the people who receive their assistance over the long term.
Malaria, for example, is one of the biggest drags on the African economy. Reducing malaria not only saves lives, but also improves economic and overall well being. Economically empowering the poor—especially women — as so many of our organizations do, directly or indirectly, raises the standard of living for both individual families and communities. And the same can be said for preventing blindness and restoring sight — a pretty good investment for US$50 or so.