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A Link Back – Are you donating to Africa the Right Way?

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There are millions of people who donate all around the world. But, are they doing it correctly? Donating to those that are in need not only benefits the people you are helping, it can also be really rewarding for you.

Some people would say that donations don’t help people who need aid the most, which is not true. Donating is a commitment. If you really want help, you’ll have to engage to a charity and make a follow-up work of where you make sure that the money you are giving is actually going to the place it should go.

However, some people look at charity as a way of redemption or in a pity way. There’s always been a misconception about the donations that are destined to Africa. Here are some tips to make you think whether you are donating to Africa the right way.:

Africa is a very rich continent

When it comes to nature and human resources, there are 53 countries in Africa where your money is very valuable and could make a huge difference in someone’s life. Don’t ever donate out of pity or feel guilty. That is not the right way. Make sure that if you are donating you do it because you genuinely want to help others.

Before you donate, do your research. Investigate and ask where that money will go. Don’t trust the charity before a previous knowledge of the agency.

Don’t donate in order to make yourself feel good

Monitor the results. Good charities agencies have the opportunity to monitor the money that you gave and tell you where it headed to.  As said before, Africa is a very beautiful location, and it could be the best place to visit. You can get the opportunity to meet new people who believe in the same causes that inspire you. Consider visiting first, to have a pretty clear idea of where your money is going.

Africa is not all about poverty

Africans are full of life and joy, and they are very blessed in terms of skin color, natural endowments, animals and nature.

Some people say that one of the reasons why they don’t donate is because they think that the amount of money is too little and it won’t help. That’s a mistake.  Small donations can make a huge difference.

Target a charity on a specific area you would like to help

Like health, new technologies, empowerment, education, infrastructure, rape centers, climate change, water, agriculture, etc.

Finally, motivate friends and family. The more people you can get to donate, the better. You have to know that you have an influence in the world, make it a good one. If your friends and family know about your charity they would feel more motivated to donate and help people in need.

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10 Charity Concerts You Might Haven’t Heard About

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Tragedies happen every now and then, but as sad as it is, there is always people who are willing to help in any way they can and artists are not the exception; they use the global attention that is upon them to create awareness, to ask for aid and to raise money for good causes.

People like to follow their idol’s example and they also participate in these charities and spread the voice. These are some of the most important charity concerts ever:

1985

We Are the World

We all have heard this single once (or more) in our lives, but most people do not know the purpose of it. This single was released to raise money to alleviate poverty in Africa and the U.S. Up to this date, it has raised over 100 million dollars in more than 30 years.

Farm Aid

These times were difficult ones for farmers, they were facing economic issues due to the high corporate rates. This concert raised 9 million dollars and raised awareness by making the Congress hear their concerns and helping farmers avoid foreclosure. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp were the singers involved in this movement.

Live Aid

It is one of the biggest benefit concerts ever made. With two stages, one at the Wembley Stadium in London and the other at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, it raised over 245 million dollars to fight famine in Ethiopia. The concert had 162,000 fans in the stadiums and was streamed worldwide on TV with 1.5 billion spectators.

2001

The concert for New York

After the devastating 9/11, Paul McCartney gathered actors, athletes, and artists to honor and pay tribute to all those who died in the terrorist attack alongside with the family members of the victims. They raised over 30 million dollars.

America: A tribute to heroes

In this occasion, George Clooney ran a telethon recorded in Los Angeles, New York, and London with Tom Hanks and Stevie Wonder to raise funds to the families of fallen first responders. They raised over 140 million dollars.

2005

A concert of Hurricane Relief

After Hurricane Katrina, NBC gathered artists around the country in a televised benefit concert to gather funds for families and victims. It raised over 50 million dollars.

Shelter from the Storm: A concert for the Gulf Coast

After the concert for Hurricane Relief, celebrities got together in another televised benefit concert streamed in over 100 countries to gather funds to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. This concert raised over 30 million dollars.

2010

Hope for Haiti now

After a magnitude 7.0 earthquake left most of the country in ruins, artists gathered once more to run a telethon to raise funds for aid and relief to Haiti. Names such as Beyoncé, George Clooney, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean, among others were part of the two-hour event in MTV. The telethon raised more than 61 million dollars.

2017

One Love Manchester

This concert took place after a bombing attack near an Arianna Grande’s concert in Manchester. After the attack she gathered huge artists like Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Coldplay and other to raise funds for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council. It was streamed alive and raised over 3 million dollars.

These are proof that in bad times if people stay together can help a lot more than doing it alone. Use your resources, spread your voice, support the cause and always be grateful for what you have.