There are many complex definitions of the butterfly effect, but essentially it means that one small difference in one part of the world can create huge changes in another location. This has been debated and proven across various platforms, but for my intent today, it has to do with giving. Wendy Smith wrote an incredible book called Give A Little: How Your small donations Can Transform our World. If you’d like to add it to your summer reading, great; but if not, here are the highlights – from me to you.
“*It takes all of us to fix the world. That means you and me-doing good, lifting lives, remaking the world.
*Organizations use small contributions from everyday donors to address four critical issues related to poverty: (1)hunger, (2) health, (3) education and (4) access to tools, technology, and infrastructure.
*This is not in lieu of where you may already make donations to your favorite causes and charities, but to add to your current giving with a few modest donations this year. ”
Give a Little provides a host of organizations, certified and accredited, where you can start. I’m going to start with a $10 donation to Heifer International for a share of a sheep and if 11 others do the same, we’ve bought a sheep for a family. If you aren’t familiar with Heifer International, their mission is “to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.”
By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, they help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need.
I encourage you to become a part of the butterfly effect and create BIG changes from small choices. Please post in the comment section if you join the movement.