I have always told myself that there is no point in helping, if the help is not well planned and most important – sustainable. Yes, it is good to something that is sustainable, but I think I have used this thought as an excuse for not doing anything at all.
Last week we found four young girls, around 10 years, outside our gate. They looked at us with their shy and beautiful brown eyes. They told us that they didn’t have parents, and nowhere to sleep. They were hungry, but most of all they needed attention and care. Our first thought was that we could not give them money, or let them sleep at our place. That would have been inappropriate!? We have rules about these things as volunteers in an organisation – for our own good. But what about the girls’ good? Shouldn’t giving them food and accommodation be the most natural thing to do, when we have more than enough food and an empty guestroom right inside the house? It is definitely not sustainable, but they needed it that very day. It would only give us more time to actually fine a sustainable solution.
I really believe it is important to give out a helping hand when we have the opportunity. Not just push it away because «there is too many who need the help, so maybe i’ll just not do anything in order for it to not get unfair», the timing is not the best or the plan is not sustainable enough. Maybe you are needed this very day, at this very moment, and it means the world to the one you help.
I have learned something important from the Ugandans. They live day by day. If they have a bag of rice, they share it with everyone there and use it all up, instead of only giving to the closest family and save the rest for tomorrow, when the neighbour is still hungry. I do believe in sustainability and saving, but I have also learned that some people need your help today – so why wait?