Gives Back Money Supports a Better Way
"Gives Back" Money Supports a Better Way
Your “Gives Back” money supports economic development efforts throughout the world. By offering training and employment to disadvantaged individuals you create a self-sustaining system. This system cultivates access to clean water and proper sanitation. It eradicates poverty, hunger, and improves healthcare. It empowers people with the means to create a better community.
Your “Gives Back” money provides a net benefit to the earth through eco-friendly practices. Ensuring environmental sustainability and increasing focus on sustainable sources. Money is used to buy, create, or improve recycled materials. This takes trash out of landfills. This improves the earth. Little, if any, pollution is created upcycling materials into the products you see today.
Of much greater importance you create systems that are valued, needed, used and supported by the people of the community. Sometimes a supply of clean water or proper sanitation is not even used. For instance, you could build free public baths next to the Ganges in India, so people would not bathe in the septic water. Unfortunately, no one would use the baths because they view bathing in the Ganges as a religious experience, much like praying at church.
With economic development the people would have money that they could spend on the right to use a cleaner section of the Ganges. The solution would be up to them. This would produce the same results, but would be valued, used and needed by the people. No research would need to be performed as the solution would occur naturally. The result is a more efficient allocation of resources.
You might see the idea above as unreasonable. I have experienced something similar first hand when I lived in South Africa. I experienced an instance where aid was not valued, needed, used or supported by the community and therefore had no value.
Cape Town City provided flush toilets to disadvantaged areas. There were protests and conflicts. Some said it was because the solution was not good enough. They started to empty the toilets and throw them at major political leaders and leave it at prominent places in the city. This resulted in toilets being completely destroyed; additional costs for the city in clean up and extra costs for police services.
If the people would have built and paid for the toilets they would not protest or destroy them. This would be possible if they were offered opportunities to improve their lives through economic development. The system would have been valued, needed, used and supported by the people. This would result in a more good with less cost.
That is why our funds are used towards economic development efforts. It creates more value to the actual people you are helping.