Bill Gates’ charity recently made a $50 million donation to help fight the Ebola Virus Disease. What surprised me most about the donation were the many negative comments I read about it on social media. It made me wonder why we as human beings feel the need to put others’ charitable acts down, but it also inspired me to look at positive things being done to help combat the disease.
So Bill Gates’ charity gives a large donation and social media commentators feel the need to respond with things like how he originally made his money, or why he chose West Africa to give to, what is his underlying reason? Are those questions important at that moment? Why can’t we as human beings realise we are all motivated for different reasons at different times and if help is provided where it is needed that is a good thing?
If a person sends a donation or offers their support to help in any way, who am I to say that is not the best way to spend your time or money? What I am passionate about may not be the same as you, but does that make either of us wrong?
To be honest I have no idea what motivates each and every person or organisation, as human beings I hope it is because we have a sense of wanting to be connected to each other but it’s none of my business, it is helping and that is what matters!
Now to some things I see as positive in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease:
- It heartens me to see that doctors and nurses continue to travel to the infected areas to offer their help. For example Medecins sans Frontiers have treated hundreds of people with the disease, a World Health Organisation team of Ugandan health workers has been deployed to Liberia, and Cuba is sending medical staff to assist.
- United Nations teams are providing food and supplies to communities in affected areas.
- The United States is sending troops to build Ebola treatment facilities.
- The European Commission has provided three mobile laboratories.
And there are many more of our fellow human beings who are assisting on the ground or have provided donations. Their reason is irrelevant now, they are helping and it is needed.
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