posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 11:58 PM
reply to post by Yissachar1
I would say that the killed aid workers proves your point rather than your dad's.
'In accordance with their families' wishes, the remains of two American citizens will remain in Afghanistan and be laid to rest here, in the country
they selflessly and courageously served for so many years,'
They knew the risks full well, yet did what they wanted to do. Those are the kind of people I would want using my charity money.
In the US we have a real problem donating internationally. Any money donated to the International Red Cross has to go through USAID, part of the State
Department. Which means it will go to, and in such a manner, as to enhance the prestige or political agenda of the United States. That's not
particularly what I'm interested in.
A few years ago, when Pakistan had the big earthquake, I sent money to the Red Crescent through a bank in Scotland, hoping the UK didn't have the
equivalent of USAID. After the big 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, I didn't send anything because I had a feeling that monies would be
abused. And so it was. The Indonesians had the advantage in ending the Aceh independence movement, and in Sri Lanka, the government restricted aid
from the Tamil areas.
It's a tough call sometimes. Trust someone else to handle donations? I think I have a place bookmarked here it is
I'll have another look at that.
For your dad's side though, neighborhood charity at least is where you can see it. My county is planning on authorizing tent cities for homeless
people. Recent state laws changed so they don't have to move so often, which was every 90 days, real pain some times.
State census shows 30% of homeless have mental health issues. Which due to the indifference in the US amounts to permanent homeless status. I'm
trying to get in on the ground floor with this one, even if I have to buy tents myself and give them away. The county seems to be moving a bit too
slow for me on this. They don't even have a way to receive donations yet. They claim they'll be ready by Oct 1.