directhelp - we CAN do something!

What is this blog about? - Did you know?

More than 165 million people in Europe live below the poverty line. In 18 countries of central and eastern Europe and the newly independent states, 8 have 50% or higher of their population living below the poverty line. Some 2% of the population of the European Region lives in absolute poverty.

The fall of Communism ended a political and economic system in which all people had been virtually guaranteed jobs and basic needs, such as food and housing. Economic upheaval has led to family breakup and a dramatic increase in the number of orphaned children and many orphans live in extreme poverty and suffer from malnutrition, disease, and starvation.

Unicef says nearly 18 million children in this region are living on less than $2.15 a day! (Acknowledgement to for details).

Directhelp is not a charity. It is an attempt to raise money directly and quickly to shortcut the bureaucracy and waste.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

We all need hel;p sometimes

When I think I have had a bad day I just remember what life is like for some. Please make a contribution - see where on this blog. Thanks!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Thanks for all the great comments - most by email. Please use comments section! Thanks

Friday, 20 July 2012

The power of direct giving over indirect.

Is it a new thing? That we are discovering it is an empowering thing to give? Well it certainly has a long history. It is worth asking though if we have created a barrier between us and those to whom we give. We give up the good feeling we get when we place a third party between us and those receiving. What do you think?

Here is a good clip that indicates we may gain more from direct giving than indirect.

“If you knew the power of generosity, you would not let a single meal go by without sharing it,” the Buddha said. Indeed, generosity is so highly valued in Buddhism that “giving is the first of the Ten Perfections that the Buddha taught about,” says James Baraz, a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California and co-author of the new book Awakening Joy: Ten Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Is charity wrong?

I have just read a good article which discusses whether it is better to give to charity or give informal small gifts. It sets out some ideas. I agree that often it is better to give directly not though large organizations which remove the link between giver and receiver, thus breaking the element of care. The article gives the story of boy throwing starfish back into the sea one by one. When he is laughed at because it will not change the outcome overall - he says 'at least I made a difference to that one!' I think that sums it up! Here is the link, please read:

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Crowd funding link

The crowd funding link is nearly ready so GET READY to contribute!!

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It has been a steep learning curve to master both setting up this blog and working out the best way to help folks in the East who really need a little help. We really do not know here in the West how hard life can be there. I welcome your constructive comments both about what I am trying to achieve and ideas for getting the message out there. Please link to my blog and I will reciprocate. Above all please contribute if you agree with my direct approach. I will leave a link on this page where you can GIVE safely on a crowd funding site.  It is empowering to cut out the big oranizations between us and those who need the help. I hope you agree and  join in. Please leave a comment. Thank you.