Philanthropy and my time in Africa.

I start to travel more often after my Erasmus experience in 2012, mainly by exploring the continent I live: Europe. But once I had a fantastic trip to Africa, more precisely in Cape Verde. I had the chance to smell a culture way different from ours. Plus, they were so incredibly humbling. I saw some men living from tourism in small places in the middle of the desert, selling their products and some drinks. Others - mainly women - living only from what the sea provides, selling fishes from the Atlantic ocean. But sometimes, from far away, in the roads under the hot sun, I saw kids going to schools. And then the Senegalese people which we can also find around Europe, trying to have a living in the islands. So imagine how must be the conditions in Senegal. Well, in general things were not the best, but all of them had always some kind of hope and a smile expressed on their face.

Besides all my thoughts about their lives, I believe there are more places in Africa where the conditions must be terrible. Without good roads, very bad or no public transports, no books, bad sanitation and poor nutrition leading to multiple virus and diseases and sometimes death from a very young age. So feeling Africa was, maybe, just the very beginning to open my mind and see beyond. Is there a way to help others and help myself? Is it possible to explore, to work, to enjoy and to live in Africa? Is there a way to enrich me instead by reading books, traveling and doing only my stuff at work? That's when philanthropy came to my mind!

I heard some great stories from philanthropists. At the end, all of them share something in common: the incredible pleasure they had and the smile and happiness of a mission accomplished providing absolute fulfillment. There are a lot of international organizations where you can start and eventually you will soon discover by doing a quick research. Some of them you need to pay for your subscription et cetera, and they come to you with a lot of bureaucracies  - which I think quite bizarre and maybe unfair since you are someone who pretend to give your time for a good cause - but some others you just need to pay for your trip and for your stay. I'm also super reluctant about organizations who are accustomed to asking constantly for money and finding ways to get it easy.

There are multiple ways to help others. But think about it: we can guarantee basic education and health for ourselves. Life is too short, and so if we can live our lives and ensure that we can increase others lives, why we just don't get things started?! I myself pretend to do philanthropy, if possible by teaching and motivating, and I hope it can be soon. I'm sure I will grow with others by facing a real deep poverty scenario, having a larger vision of the world, also by having fun to teach and to relax in the weekend while exploring African land. Philanthropy might be the best job in the world.

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