Re: Bees given through samaritan's purse
Just to throw in a thought or 2. First the bees, goats, animals of any sort are not "sent". The shipping of those creatures would be considerably expensive. Not to mention their demise as they sit in quarantine as they are moved across an international border. All of those animals and insects are purchased "locally". It is just more efficient to do it that way.
I'm familiar with Heifer International and Children's Hunger Fund. Both stellar organizations IMHO. The other point you must consider when contributing to these types of charities is how much of their budget goes to marketing and administration and how much actually goes to meeting the needs of people.
I have personally been to Uganda twice and will be going back in July. Specifically to help with a beekeeping project. What amazes me most is how much those folks are able to accomplish with so little and how much impact our giving has on them. You have all heard the adage that says " give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" most legitimate charitable organizations are about empowering indigenous people's to fend for themselves.
My first discovery in beekeeping...
Fast, Cheap and Easy ... You get to pick two!