$205 raised for SaveTheChildren East Africa via Project ShareCraft
Operation ShareCraft 2012
Operation ShareCraft 2012 is an amazing campaign which is made possible by the new fund raising technology FundRazr. This campaign was started because the horn of Africa (which includes countries such as Ethiopia and Somalia) is facing the worst hunger crisis in over 60 years! The campaign was started by the crew of AtheneLive.com and they started it because "the Internet has come to a point where when we simply collectively reach out for what we think is right, real change often follows."
Basically, thanks to the amazing advances in technology in recent years, we have become globally connected. The old borders of the world are becoming irrelevant and we can join together to solve the world's problems, seeing that they are our problems; not just the problems of some country we might never see in our lives. The internet has made it possible for us all to communicate and collaborate in such a way that I feel there is no excuse for some of the world's problems.
This international event is writing a chapter of internet history, possibly world history. Anyone can be a part of it- you don't even have to donate! If you have a talent, a skill, something that others could enjoy or use, or even if you do have a little spare cash; you can help! Share your talent, share this website, share the sharecraft website or a fundrazr campaign that is part of sharecraft (like the NCUK one), donate and ask others to donate. Together we can change the world.
Regarding criticism of Save The Children and how the aid does not effectively remove the root cause of the problems (this is my opinion and may not reflect the view of any other parties involved with sharecraft):
Although I think that it's possible the aid given with the money raised will not completely solve the problems East Africa is going through (and essentially, all of Africa) at this moment in time, if we do not help, it's possible that millions of people will die of starvation. It is part of NCUK's mission to make it so everyone in the world is given equal access to food and water. It may be true that the aid given does not complete this mission properly, but surely it is better to give aid than give nothing at this time where it is not possible for us to provide the solutions to the causes of the problems there. The aim of this mission is not to encourage sympathy for the people in Africa, but to bring awareness and recognition to the fact that people are starving and in this era of technology, it shouldn't happen. We should be giving them our technology and helping them on their way to self sufficiency not because they can't do it by themselves, but by helping them do it faster, we stop a lot of people suffering.