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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Plea For Compassion





I want to say a few words about the floods in Pakistan. (This is what you get for reading a political scientists blog)

There have been 20 million people displaced by these floods. The donations for Haiti, and the tsunami have been far greater then what is being given now. This has been referred to as "donor fatigue". I understand that financially it gets exhausting for people to continue to donate to seemingly never ending disasters, but it is necessary. They need our help. The people of Pakistan continue to face much death and displacement. Our help and compassion is imperative for their survival.

We who live in the first world are spoiled. We live with extreme wealth due to the country we were lucky enough to be born in. We are no different from those who need our assistance, and no more deserving of food, water, shelter, and safety. Please consider that those in need are our family. They are our brothers and sisters on this planet and it is our responsibility to assist when and where we can. We need to start expecting more of ourselves as individuals and as a community. We need to expect more from the humanity within us.

Please donate today.

http://www.unhcr.ca/

Jessa xx

Images from:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/world/asia/17pstan.html?_r=1

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-pakistan-flood-disease-qs-08

6 comments:

  1. Thanks Jessa, It was on my list of things to do, and you reminder made it easy to follow through on my intentions.

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  2. I heard yesterday what you just posted about...that this is the lowest response rate in a long time...likely because of what you've talked about: donor fatigue. Thanks for the reminder to do something, and for the link to the website.

    Ruth.

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  3. For my family what works best is having a monthly budget for donations. It doesn't have to be big, and then each month we decide what is most important to us to allot money to. I find it less tiring and more rewarding that way. Great job making others aware. I see you are on facebook. I just started that too, and I'm glad I saw your blog on facebook from Aly and Alicia! I'll join up!

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  4. you have an angel in your heart! thanks for dropping by and now i get to visit you too and get inspired! verbena cottage

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  5. Thank you everyone! Aly and Ruth it does not surprise me at all that you two responded and are donating. You both are two of the most compassionate people I know.

    Wendy that is a fantastic idea!!! I love it! We have automatic deposits to an animal rights group each month which makes it easier. I think what I'm going to do today is set one up for the UNHCR as well. There are so many ways to make donating easier, and I love your idea!

    Mary Ann you are was too kind. Thank you so much, and let me say once again I adore your blog!! My eyes are so happy to feast on the incredible images. You're very talented.

    Jxx

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  6. Oh how blessed we are...yes we need to share our blessings ..thank you for this today.

    Plus thank you for visiting me the other day...your blog is lovely..it is nice to find another Vancouver blogger. xoxoxo

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