Blogging the impact of giving
Thanks to Steve Andrews of Whitewater for this post pointing to a terrific example of how MÃ©decins sans FrontiÃ¨res (MSF) is using blogs to put donors directly in touch with the work they’re supporting.
Canadian doctor, James Maskalyk, is working for MSF in Abyei, Sudan. He is writing a blog about his experiences. It’s truly inspirational stuff; particularly because it comes directly from him in real time, not in a sanitised quarterly charity newsletter. He shares his doubts, his fears, his hopes and his triumphs. He happens to write beautifully, but it doesn’t matter when he leaves uncorrected typos or uses poor grammar. Because it’s real.
Here’s the link to Dr. Maskalyk’s MSF blog.
One commenter / donor wrote:
I have been a monthly donor to MSF for some time. On Tuesday, I will ramp up by contribution, because I have a house, a job, a healthy beautiful sometimes-maddening daughter, a garden, rain, food – and hope. I wish I could give those things to the mother whose baby you tried to save. I cannot, so I will do what I can.
Steve titles his post “Real Close”, which I think is right on the money.