Daily Prompt: Seven Days
You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.
Hmm $10,000 and no plans for a week. Well the boss would probably be upset as I would use the first part of the week to give him a weeks notice. It’s not that I don’t like my job, or the people I work with. So I’m going to use this daily prompt to give you another post.
Nope I have worked on a plan to spend a year visiting Temples and Wats in S.E. Asia, to see how to get western seniors more involved in helping these countries develop and avoid some of the mistakes we made in the west. So by living more as a local than a westerner, $10,000 would almost cover a years expenses for my project. Many of the volunteer opportunities need you to pay as much or more than a nice holiday in these countries. Instead I want to tap into the ability in many fields, that is sitting playing canasta, poker, reading the newspaper, and give them an opportunity to do something that will make a difference in people’s lives. The second part would be to fund raise to pay for the projects. These projects would be done without proselytizing, or requiring long term contracts. Rather doing good for it’s own sake.
Some of the ideas include water system engineers, to design and construct systems that use local materials, and are easily maintained with out a large industrial complex for parts. Many of these small villages would benefit from primary water treatment, and don’t have the resources or income to pay for a full scale water treatment system.
Perhaps there are retired healthcare professionals who wouldn’t mind spending a month in a small village, learning a new culture, customs and foods in exchange for providing some basic healthcare. Look at the picture of children or even adults in many of these countries, and you see beautiful smiles, that show a lack of preventative dental care.
There are many possible avenues to offer a hand up, while respecting the cultural and religious norms that now exist in these areas. Yes there are other charities’ out there, but none quite meet what I am proposing. Those who have the skills and time, could give their time, while others could raise funds for the projects. Administration would be handled in the countries where the projects are, to keep costs down.
So thanks for bearing with my year long week, and I will post more on this in the near future.