It was recently pointed out to me that there are many who could benefit from Community Development projects here in the UK. The statement was followed by the short question, “Why Africa?” It is an excellent question which affords the opportunity to make a point which is fundamental to the thinking of the COINS Foundation.
But first, I want to point out that the COINS Foundation does, and will continue to fund projects in the UK. However, it would be disingenuous not to make clear that we do intend the majority of our work to continue to be in Africa.
The way I see it, the magnitude and severity of the problems in the developing world, far exceed those found in the UK; and because ‘globalisation’ is bringing those issues ever closer to us, the expression, “Charity begins at home” is becoming increasingly inappropriate/meaningless. I believe we should expand our thinking to appreciate that the poor, wherever they are in the world are effectively our neighbours now.