thegreekdog wrote:I have never donated to non-US charities before. I probably won't do it until there is more security associated with such donations. There are enough people in the immediate area where I live who need help.
As I said, I think the moral argument is clear for helping people in southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. If you want to help both groups, good for you. But I can't help feeling that someone in Africa should not get less of my money than someone in America just because they didn't have the fortune of being born in the USA.
As to your own situation, it appears you've made a similar value judgment to most Americans as to how your dollars and time are best spent, so I would say your critiques are misplaced. Most people don't like getting reprimanded by someone who does not practice what he/she preaches. This is not a criticism per se, just something you should think about.
I said that I do
give money to people in need in Africa; I just said that the area I donate my money to is not the cause of eradicating world hunger
, per se, but saving lives against disease and other harmful effects. Giving food aid is generally thought to be a bad idea; it does not give developing villages any ability to become self-sustaining. Therefore it is generally accepted wisdom that the best way to help is either through donations to help people reduce poverty, or through aid that helps communities build sustainable crop growing, etc. The Millennium Villages Project
is attempting to do just this on a large scale in Africa. Microloans are also one of the big ways people contribute nowadays, and this can indirectly help with the world hunger problem, too.
I think it would be a great thing if people joined me in doing so. You don't have to pick the same cause as me; there's many areas people can help. I'm happy to give advice or ideas if people do want to help but don't know where to start.
I get more angry with someone like Warren Buffett, who preaches about the rich paying more taxes, and yet who does not pay more taxes himself (or pay his poor secretary more money).
Say what you will about Warren Buffett; the man pledged over $30 billion to charitable causes. If every person had the investment skill he did, and then used their incredible earnings to combat world poverty, we'd end this problem in no time.
jimboston wrote:$1.25 ... is that per person or per family?
It is per person.
If you're thrifty you can make $1.25 go a long way. I'm not saying you wouldn't be hunger... you would. You'd not have a very healthy diet... you'd be missing a lot of essential vitamins and minerals... but you would load of up 'cheap calories'.
It is true that you could basically buy some rice or something, and you'd have to make it last. But the fact that many people can
survive that way doesn't mean that they should
; it leads to malnutrition, which causes its own problems. It's certainly not a good plan to live that way for years at a time.