Are there limits to giving?
Other than money and your own personal cynicism, I really don't see any. But then I am an eternal optimist (pragmatic but more optimistic than pessimistic). I have seen what the human spirit is capable of and how people change. I am a sucker for good causes and, money permitting, I usually donate and help in any way I can starting with the community I live in to the one I hope to live in. I am already involved with the Mission Himalaya project which my friend Carol and I supported over a couple of treks to Everest Base Camp. We did some fund raising and they're in continuous need of help because its a small mission and run completely by volunteers who also have full time jobs elsewhere. So if anyone has any suggestions for helping them set up a fundraising page or how to get them included with other large organisations similar to the Global Volunteer Network (GVN), let me know. I know that GVN are full because I asked.
Which brings me to the next point. I stumbled across GVN recently, and they seem to be doing a lot of good work. I plan to retire in Nepal so I picked Nepal and to do some volunteer work for my next summer holiday (getting withdrawal symptoms). They have some fantastic projects to choose from all over the world and give you the information and tools to help you. And the fund raising is not a huge amount but its still fund raising.
So here's my dilemma: Mission Himalaya is personal for me since I was involved with them for a long time and watched the little eco-farm (where the orphan kids stay) being built and run. But I like the idea of the volunteer program with GVN that I signed up for - educating women and teaching them skills in remote areas.
So here's a poll - help me make this decision.