CanDoer Profiles

This week we are asking 4 global humanitarians, our CanDoers, to share their experience of supporting local humanitarians, including what motivated them and what struck a cord about the particular campaign they chose.

Day 1...

Wunmi Mosaku

BAFTA Winner 2017 - Best Supporting Actress

Wunmi donated to Bihar's Stand With Syria's Women campaign

What motivated you to donate using CanDo's platform?

I chose to donate via CanDo after hearing that local humanitarians in Syria were doing 75% of the aid work on the ground but only receive less than 1% of aid donations. I found this really shocking but then, having learned about CanDo, and their work in crowdfunding humanitarians actually on the ground in war devastated communities it seemed like the perfect way to ensure my money went where it was most needed.

What was it about the Bihar campaign that struck a cord with you?

I donated to Bihar after reading about the issues that Syrian women are facing, often alone and without access to vital support. The campaign is fundraising to deliver a protection programme for women, and I wanted to stand with Syria’s women.

What is the an important aspect of donating via CanDo?

CanDo’s website is great, as it tells me exactly what each campaign are spending their money on. I know that the money I have donated will go towards training volunteers to deliver the programme and to building a child friendly space for women in the community.

Would you donate to a CanDo campaign again in future?

Yes definitely! It’s really reassuring knowing that all of the money I donate, goes exactly to who needs it most.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

I feel like I’m really making a difference - I’m part of a socially engaged community that want to see the world made better for those who are suffering or in need. It really makes you proud.

Support Bihar's Campaign

Day 2...

Dr David Monks MBChB FRCA MSc

Consultant Anaesthetist

David donated to Insan's Repairing broken hearts & minds campaign

What motivated you to donate using CanDo's platform?

I really liked the idea that the CanDo platform allowed me to support a specific project, the progress of which, I would be able to follow. This is so more satisfying than when I have donated to bigger humanitarian agencies in the past. I really like that I can support the smaller local humanitarian teams whilst getting assurances from CanDo (that would be difficult for me to obtain myself) that my money will be used to good effect.

What was it about the Insan campaign that struck a cord with you?

I get very angry when I hear horrific stories of the way in which women and children are treated in war-torn countries. I can’t imagine how traumatised they must be after such conflicts. To give women the psychological support to recover from war seems vitally important. The future of such communities is dependent on them and so this seems like one very good way of helping to build a happier (and more peaceful) post-war community.

What is the most important aspect of being a CanDoer?

Probably that you do all the checks needed to work with the local organisations and so I know that my money is going to people doing good

Would you donate to a CanDo campaign again in future?

Most definitely. The concept of CanDo’s mission really appeals to me. I already donate regularly to some other charities and I know that regular contributions are vital to the survival of bigger NGOs but I really enjoyed searching through the various projects on the CanDo site.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

Reading about the different projects and watching the videos taught me a lot and gave me time to reflect on all the amazing humanitarians out there doing amazing things in the face of adversity. I felt a lot more connected with these communities that would otherwise feel a world away. I found it a really satisfying way of giving!!!

Support Insan's Campaign

Day 3...

Fiona Chalmers

Fiona donated to Hurras' Kites not shells campaign

What motivated you to donate using CanDo's platform?

I was inspired to donate to CanDo because I believe the contribution I’ve made will truly make a difference to those who are vulnerable and in need. I believe in the CanDo attitude and I think it’s important for people to come together to spread positivity at times that it is most needed. I trust my contribution is being used directly to those who need it most and believe this is a powerful movement. We also have to believe that we have the power to change things and spread this positive energy to bring hope and relief to those suffering.

What was it about the Hurras campaign that struck a cord with you?

The simple word of HOPE.
Hope is something we all have; it’s something we all share in common. Everyone has a different hope or dream but without it, we don’t really have anything. The power of hope is what inspires me. To give children hope after the unimaginable things they have suffered is like giving a miracle.

What is the an important aspect of donating via CanDo?

That CanDo assess each local humanitarian partner, so you know your money reaches and impacts those in need and that you are part of a like-minded community of people who want to take action to help others.

Would you donate to a CanDo campaign again in future?

Yes definitely! 

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

I think that if you give anything you can. That’s amazing; it doesn’t matter if it’s £5, £20, £50 or £100 if it’s more or less. The contributions all add up so if we are all chipping in together whatever we can afford. This is what makes the difference for the campaigns to reach the targets. 

Support Hurras' Campaign

Day 4...

Bruce Woods

Audio-Visual Technician, the Tate

Bruce donated to Ghiras Al Nahda's a challenge to survive campaign

 

What motivated you to donate using CanDo's platform?

I chose to donate via CanDo because I wanted my money to go directly to the people who needed it most. I felt disillusioned with the ‘traditional charity’ route and wanted some transparency as to where exactly my money was going to be spent, and who would benefit from it. The Can Do platform provides the perfect vehicle for just that - putting donors in direct touch with charity and humanitarians working on the ground in war devastated countries. 

What was it about the Ghiras campaign that struck a cord with you?

I donated to the mushroom growing campaign because I think it’s absolutely horrendous that in 2017 people are besieged, malnourished and starving to death. I thought that the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Ghiras-al Nahda’s campaign was fantastic, and wanted to put my money towards something that would have an immediate impact in saving people’s lives. The additional potential for local people to also go on and secure a living from the project is great.

Do you know what your money is being spent on?

The website is fantastic in explaining exactly where my money will go. I know that my money will be spent on delivering mushroom growing workshops to residents in besieged Damascus, and towards mushroom kits so they can start growing their own food.

Would you donate to a CanDo campaign again in future?

Definitely - I would think that donating via a platform like CanDo’s will be the main way I donate to charity in future. I know exactly where my money will be spent and will be able to see real time results. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?

In a world that can feel quite depressing and bleak, joining the CanDo movement has reassured me of the amazing goodness that exists in humanity too. People from all over the world joining together to make something positive happen is brilliant!

Support Ghiras Al Nahda's Campaign

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