15 October 2008

share in a time of need

I suggest that we are thieves in a way. If I take anything that I do not need for my own immediate use and keep it I thieve it from somebody else. I venture to suggest that it is the fundamental law of Nature, without exception, that Nature produces enough for our wants from day to day, and if only everybody took enough for himself and nothing more, there would be no pauperism in this world, there would be no more dying of starvation in this world. But so long as we have got this inequality, so long we are thieving.

~ M. K. Gandhi

It is hard for many people to give when it seems the economy is crumbling before us. But those who can still manage to feed their families, have a roof over their head, and have some savings to spare can still help those in need. If you can give, please consider donating to one of these charities that aid impoverished people, linked to their overview pages on Charity Navigator:

Help those hurt by the economic slump
Various highly rated US-based charities

Save the Children
Creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world

Sustainable Harvest International

Helping families reverse rainforest destruction and improve their standard of living

Charities building roadblocks to human trafficking
People desperate to survive resort to desperate actions. These charities help block the human slave trade.

African Medical and Research Foundation: Fighting poverty through better health

Room to Read
World change starts with educated children

Robin Hood Foundation
Targeting poverty in New York City

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