YP Letters: Charity without accountability raises concerns

Two children wait for nutrition screenings at a UNICEF-assisted health centre near the town of Lodwar, capital of Turkana District, in Rift Valley Province.
Two children wait for nutrition screenings at a UNICEF-assisted health centre near the town of Lodwar, capital of Turkana District, in Rift Valley Province.
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From: Keith Wigglesworth, Highburton, Huddersfield.

FOLLOWING my first week 
at school, I recall running home clutching a booklet containing pictures of little children and a letter to my parents asking for monetary support to give these African youngsters food, clean drinking water and education.

Now, 75 years later, I see that we are still being asked to give money to provide clean drinking water.

During the intervening 
years, we have been bombarded 
with requests for monetary 
aid with unfailing regularity, 
and this is on top of the 
billions of pounds of our money that have been given in 
overseas aid by our various governments.

There appears to be very little in the way of monitoring what happens to overseas aid, both Governmental and from private individuals, although we do hear from time to time that vast sums are being spent on what most people would regard as frivolous activities.

Meantime, my wife and 
I give what we can afford 
to a small, private charity to 
help a severely autistic boy 
have a better quality of life 
and also because we know 
that every penny that we 
give goes entirely towards 
this aim, with nothing 
being siphoned off for other purposes.