The following examples of generous matching of equipment, skills and materials are taken from the Global Hand website. I thought these were very encouraging and inspiring.
The ‘matches’ we witness amaze us…
An adult education institute in Kunming, China, asked us for a photocopier which was able to sort into 12 categories. Natwest was moving offices and donated one that sorted into 20 categories!
The Conrad Hotel donated a coffee-maker of commercial size. Shortly afterwards we were approached by a teacher in North West China. She wanted her students to be confident using their English in a social setting, rather than just a classroom. She was therefore opening a coffee shop to give them opportunity to learn.
A school for nomadic children in Western China wanted bunks to provide accommodation, since its students could not live at home when their parents were always on the move. Hong Kong’s new airport was closing its construction facilities at the time…and dispensing with 500 bunk beds.
An orphanage in Hainan Island needed to furnish two apartments for its staff. Right at that time, a Hong Kong landlord rang to say she was closing down two apartments which had been recently furnished. Could we use the furniture?
A rehabilitation group in Croatia was building a centre to help restore lives devastated by recent unrest. They needed to furnish a guesthouse-type facility, with curtains, bedspreads, lamps, bedroom furniture, etc. The YMCA happened to be re-furbishing at the time and its donated goods met the need in Croatia to perfection. Everything was ideal. Everything matched. The timing was extraordinary.
We see instances of this kind all the time.
Another group of quality and vision is called Empathy Action. It is based in the UK and seeks to alert folk to the needs of those in countries experience challenging living conditions. Why not check out this excellent group….