Sunday, February 26, 2012

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If I had a nickle for every time my mother or my grandmother said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."  ...I would have a *blinkin' LOT* of nickles!

It's very true, though.  A little bit of action taken to prevent something from happening, will be worth a lot more than all the effort it will take later to fix everything. 

I have a thousand examples leaping to my mind right now - everything from sewing the loose button on instead of loosing it and replacing all the buttons later...

newly and securely sewed
...to, well...  to - how to reach out to those in need before they are in need.

I read a great article today that gave a review of the most cost effective ways to help the poor. 

Okay, I'm not talking about those who are 'starving' for a fast food burger or who are a little 'short of cash' for their daily latte.  I'm talking about those who know the meaning of being hungry.  Daily. 

This article lists the 10 most popular ways to help the poor and they have all been evaluated by economists.  The writer lists the names of all of the economists who rated these programs and he also 'names names' of organizations who are dedicated to working within these strageties.  It's well worth the read!

Interested?  Check out:  Cost-Effective Compassion: The 10 Most Popular Strategies for Helping the Poor (Economists rate impact.)

One organization mentioned in the article is Compassion International.  Poverty is like the sticky web that traps unwary prey.  One problem leads to another...  Intervention, again, is better than trying to fix the result.  Their Facts About Poverty give some surprising information.  "Fore-warned is fore-armed" - another saying I heard frequently while growing up.  Their web page not only gives you facts about worldwide poverty, it also shows you lots of ways you can help - from a distance, or up close and personal!

You see, anyone and everyone can help. 

For instance:  Joni and Friends Wheels for the World provides wheelchairs free of charge to those who may never have been out of their bed.  Children have the ability to attend school for the first time.  Adults are able to work.  Lives are changed and people have a chance to break the cycle of poverty.  In order to get the wheelchairs to those in need, those wheelchairs have to be collected, transported, restored, and delivered. 

Like I said, anyone can help.  According to the Joni and Friends website, "Wheels for the World currently restores wheelchairs at 16 correctional facilities, located in 13 different states. These prisons include federal, state, and private institutions."  Don't miss the chance to read the very brief comments about how the lives of those in the prisons were changed by helping those who could never afford a wheelchair.

Anyone can help those in need.  Anyone, anywhere.

It's time to sew that button.

Blessings,
Kathy

He who is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.
Proverbs 22:9

9 comments:

  1. This is so true. We can do great things by just getting out of our comfort zones sometimes.

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  2. Very true, Kim - and there are so many different ways that we can make a difference in so many lives.

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  3. Thanks for the links and the 'friendly persuasion'.

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  4. Wonderful article, such wise advice. There are always ways to help if we are willing to open our eyes and ears to see and hear.

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  5. You are welcome - we all need some 'friendly persuasion' now and then ;-)

    Thanks, FabricFascination! There are many ways to help - the important thing is to find what fits. My hope is to make the search for that 'fit' a little bit easier.

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  6. I read the entire 7-page, thought-provoking article. Very interesting and informative! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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  7. You are welcome, Judy! Thanks for reading the whole article! I thought it was really interesting, too.

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  8. Thanks, Pam! Glad you enjoyed it =)

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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