Sunday, July 8, 2012

For Those Who Give a Damn

My last blog, “Some of Us Don’t Give a Shit,” really stirred up quite a response. 

Oh sure, we’d read some articles
We knew some people needed help
But social workers take care of that
I mean, why give a damn yourself?

Well, the reason that you didn’t
And the reason that you won’t
Is you think you got a lot to lose
And the other fella don’t
Oh, you give a damn, and so does he
You think the rest of us are just fakin’?
I mean what do you need that you got to give
Less than what you’re takin’?

For those of you who are interested in doing more to help poor kids in the developing world, here are some ideas:

I have been involved with these organizations (some for decades) and can recommend them highly:

Sponsor an impoverished child in a developing nation.  This is one-to-one concern at its best:

Help build homes for those with insufficient housing:

Give assistance to poor people trying to start small businesses in the developing world:

Assist with antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS patients

Give your voice to helping reduce poverty, third world debt, and assist economic empowerment to developing nations:

Buy African art/gifts where your money goes back to those who created the crafts:

Donate to a fund to help fight global spread of tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS:

Administer justice for those caught in forced labor and unjust systems:

Donate to help with the global food crisis affecting hundreds of millions, especially children:

Help dig clean water wells in Africa:

Act to help free children from sex slavery operations:

Write governments and policymakers about Human Rights abuses:

If you go here you can activate a donation from another source to help health care for children in the third world just by clicking:

Get involved in helping stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan:

If you’re interested in finding out more about Tony Campolo’s books, speaking, and outreach to the poor in the U.S. and abroad:

No one expects you to do everything…but at least do something

Where could you go?
What could you see?
What could you do your best?
The book is in your left hand
Your right hand knows the address
Address your questions
Address your money
Address your telephone number
But above all, please address yourself
And give a damn this summer

(Noel Paul Stookey, “Give a Damn,” from Paul And,  1971)

No comments:

Post a Comment