The short answer is there is never enough money. Enough is okay, too much is better. So for #Lifethisweek I want to tell a little story.
This story was told to me by a tuktuk driver, and deviates a little from the version on the website, but I like my version better, so that is what I'll share. In Siem Reap there are regular music concerts held to raise money for the running of a hospital. It started when a Swiss man, who fell in love with Cambodia decided he wanted to build a hospital. The government said 'We can give you the land but we can't give you the money. If you can raise the money, you can build the hospital'. So he asked around, begged bankers and businessmen and held concerts. He raised the money and built the hospital. The real story is even greater than that, as there are five hospitals, helping 13 million outpatients over twenty three years, and saving three thousand children a month who would otherwise die without this access to free medical care. If you are in Cambodia (or occasionally Switzerland), please attend a concert, and know your dollars are doing some good. Nowadays, 3% is donated from the Cambodian Government, 4% from the Swiss Government and a whopping 92% of running costs come from private donation. If interested in donating, click here.
As amazing as this is, it is not unique. A similar tale was repeated when a Japanese Photographer was moved to help the children of Cambodia and set up Friends Without A Border which in 1999 opened Angkor Hospital for Children (run by and for Cambodians) and more recently in 2015 opened the Lao Friends Hospital for Children. You can fundraise, donate, send supplies, 'adopt a patient', give a gift to an inpatient or buy gifts to help support the FWAB.
I've spoken before of Aki Ra and his continual work clearing landmines, and the byproduct of this work, housing and caring for children, creating the Relief Centre housed with the Landmine Museum. Last year a Farm Project was also created. All run on donations.
These people thought of the project and didn't baulk at the dollar signs. Their determination was enough.
So in answer to the question, how much money is enough? However much you need.
Please note I have no affiliation with these charities. I just like them.
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