Genuine Altruism

I am frequently asked to suggest Orphanages for tourists to donate toys and old clothes and visit an orphanage to demonstrate to their own children that there are people in the world that are a lot less well off. Whilst I totally appreciate the sentiment of generosity. I think it is important to keep in mind that the Orphanage is a refuge, a safe haven, a home. The babies, children and young people in the orphanage should be entitled to total privacy and dignity. Whilst charities struggle to raise awareness of their needs without offering the open door policy. Please consider the true reasons behind visiting, is it for your benefit or for the babies and children’s. Most ethically run Charities will be able to provide you with a list of what is urgently needed and more often than not they require food, medicine and cash donations. Have a read of this eye opening article;

http://www.baliadvertiser.biz/articles/greenspeak/2010/orphanage.html

If you have been wanting to contribute to an ethically run transparent, vital, not for profit in Bali then consider supporting Bali Kid’s. Having worked with homeless young people for close on 18 years myself, I support this program whole heartedly. Every Rupiah counts, what may be small change to you could be providing basic life provisions such as food, water, medicine, care and shelter to an infant, child or young person. Give back to the island which has offered you and your family so much xxx
http://balikids.org/about-our-purpose.php

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2 thoughts on “Genuine Altruism

  1. Excellent post, transparency and disclosure of where funds go to are critical when determining which organisation to support. Just as important is the CEO, their vision, passion and understanding of the need to be transparent, to report on outcomes as well as outputs of their work and services. The web article is from 2010, would be interested in an update on the noted organisations. Also noteworthy is the support of Bali Kids of other organisations, this shows true compassion and understanding of the need for cooperation across organisations for the ultimate benefit of the Balinese community as a whole. Thank you for this. As an individual who works in the philanthropic side of the NFP sector, this is the type of information I seek before determining who to give funds to. I look forward to hearing more about organisations across Bali and specifically those noted in the article.

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