A revolutionary way of running a charity is being trialled by
the Not-for-profit 'Give Directly' (link).
The experiment aims to go against the existing logic of charity
and it is compared to the work done by Heifer International (link).
Give Directly is based on a three-pronged approach of
efficiency, transparency and respect and, true to its name, the
name the charity aims to give funds directly to those most in
At its most basic, the process entails:
Money is donated through the charity's webpage.
A poor household is located in Kenya.
Donation is transferred electronically to the recipient's
Recipient uses funds transfer to pursue his or her own
The main aim of the program is to cut out unnecessary red tape
and administrative costs and to put money in the hands of those
most in need - at the crux of the scheme is the empowerment of the
The approach is not without its critics with some eyebrows
raised over a lack of accountability about how money is spent, the
sustainability of cash-in-hand charity and the potential for
conflict between recipients and non-recipients.
Whilst the scheme is not without its faults the results so far
are overwhelmingly positive (see here: link) with the
flexibility of the program seen as the key pillar. If anything,
this type of approach has forced people to reconsider what works
and what does not work in the provision of relief by charities.
THE GOOD NEWS
Opening two sister cafes in Melbourne and Phnom Penh,
Cambodia's capital, doesn't seem like an idea that would be
taught in Business 101 but don't tell that to the
not-for-profit entity "Connecting Hands".
"Connecting Hands" link) is an Australian
based charity which aims to give a second shot at life for women
and children who have been sold and trafficked into sex slavery in
The idea of opening the sister café's is in its early
stages of development and aims to provide women with the skills
required in the hospitality industry (see here:
Whilst the Cambodian venture is to provide practical training
for recently rehabilitated women, the café in Melbourne is
designed to financially support the Cambodian cafe in an
accountable and transparent manner.
Connecting Hands is inspired by a true story of a Cambodian sex
slave and hopes to see the abolition of modern day trafficking and
With statistics suggesting that 43% of human trafficking victims
are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, and 98% of them
are women or girls, the need for increased charity work in this
area is clearly urgent and overdue.
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