The statistics are staggering. The images are gut-wrenching. The needs are real. Something CAN be done.
We see it on the news and read about it in newspapers. It seems so far away and hopeless – but we can make a difference. In Mukono, Uganda, there is an organization that is working diligently to help the poor gain access to education, clean water, and health services. Empower and Care Organization Uganda (EACO) is a non-profit organization registered in Uganda who seeks to install boreholes so that every community has access to clean water. As Americans, we never have to make the choice to either send our kids to school or have them travel by foot for miles to get clean drinking water. We don’t have to decide if we will spend the day working for an income or getting safe water for our family. EACO sends people into poor communities and provides transportation to clinics so that they can be made well again. Shouldn’t we help each other? It is important that those of us who have the means, help the poor and marginalized so they can begin to turn life around for their families and their communities. We can go and help. We can fund a project. We can become educated. We can drive change in the world. We hear about helping the poor during a particular crisis – an earthquake in Haiti or a massive tsunami in Japan. But what happens after the initial critical needs are met? There is also need for organizations to go into poor and developing countries and help them use their skills and resources to become self-sustainable.
EACO Uganda is just one of many groups in the world that seek to provide funding to the poor in an effort to help them move from marginalized to thriving. When there is an immediate crisis, it’s at the forefront of our minds. It’s easy to text a donation or click a flashing “help now” button on our web browser to support an organization who is on the front lines, boots on the ground, getting immediate aid to the people who need it most. But what happens later? Does anyone take the time to research and then support regularly, organizations who work tirelessly each day to ensure that when the next crisis hits, a community is able to stand up and survive and thrive because their community has the infrastructure and education to step up against the current disaster and be self-sustainable? It’s time for a people who pride themselves on social justice issues, to help others achieve inclusion, sustainability, dignity, and human progress. Let’s not just SAY something, let’s DO something. Let’s impact culture with lasting change.