Monday, 10 September 2012

One Dollar. 10,000 shares.

Let’s be honest. The Hands of Action Documentary Fundraiser is going down like a lead balloon. If we were on Twitter we’d say #fail 

Okay the total looks scary... 10,000 dollars, but when you think about how much you blew last weekend on that party - then perhaps as few as 20 or 30 of you could collectively come up with that sort of cash. It really isn’t that much if you share it out a little. 

A typical Ugandan village by Henry Wamono
(You can buy this picture on a T-shirt, poster, framed painting - 
on Zazzle

However, if we do not reach at least half the target by mid-October, we’ll have to abandon the project. That would be a real pity. We need to get the tickets and do all the pre-production. And just to make sure there’s no confusion here, Ridealist is doing this for free. The donations are entirely production costs, not salary. 

If that does happen, we will contact the donors directly and ask how they want their money disbursed.

The funds could go into existing programmes at the project site in Bukibukolo, or if the donor would prefer, they will be returned, no questions asked. 

Children of Bukibukolo. Photo by Mukhobeh Moses Khaukha

But for those that decide to leave their donation in the pot, then I guess we could consider that the whole project would not be a total wash-out. Even if we didn’t achieve our ultimate goal. 

Your 25 bucks would buy a baby goat for the breeding programme, or some new desks and teaching materials for the school! Made and purchased locally. 

Your 10 bucks will be a welcome contribution to the feeding programme for the 160-odd orphans cared for by the HOA team in Bukibukolo. With cereal, grain and vegetables grown and purchased locally. 

Photo by Mukhobeh Moses Khaukha

Your 5 bucks will buy locally made shirts, shorts and dresses for the kids - supporting the local economy, employing people, creating jobs, a sustainable community. 

In terms of the current fundraiser, where we are failing - and by that, I mean where I am failing, is my inability to get the message across that the team on the ground in Uganda are absolutely not looking for hand-outs, they’ve been there before and it doesn’t work.

This is not a charitable donation. It is an investment in the future of a community. 

They don’t want nice old ladies in Wisconsin collecting old clothes, or some eager do-gooder in the north of England sending out boxes of second hand shoes. That just creates dependency and poverty. It puts local shops and craftsmen out of business. Actually, it makes the situation worse. 

Hands of Action want the ability to source the clothes and shoes locally, supporting the local economy. And paying for it with money they’ve earned through their own labour. 

These folks are not looking for a hand-out. 

But like so many of us at some point in our lives, they are just looking for a hand-up.

Ultimately the Hands of Action team want to be seen as the model, the template, of how a properly run community-based group can chart their own future. 

And you can help. 

Share this, and if it reaches 10,000 people who all donate a single dollar, now wouldn’t that be something? 

And that is what our documentary would show. 

If we get there, of course. 

Sphere: Related Content