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One Dollar Plan

One dollar can change children's fate in Africa.

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What would happy if everybody in the world donates one dollar to help children in Africa? Let’s do a simple math. The world population by now is around 7.2 billion. The number of population in Africa is 1.1 billion. If everybody donates one dollar except African people, it will be $6.1 billion. According to the survey done by World Bank, 2.2 billion people live on less than $2 a day, for this reason they are calculated into the donators. The number would be $3.9 billion. One dollar for most of people in the world is insignificant or not enough to change anything, however, the effect of numerous one dollar pooled will be sufficient to change children’s fate in Africa. The money can help communities solve the problem of water shortage, buy healthy food, milk for children, computers, books, and improve medical conditions et al. This makes one dollar become more valuable. 

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Children and communities in African countries.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

This idea is about donation, no cost, but needs cooperation.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

The ideas needs cooperation from people all over the world. And volunteer in different countries.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am looking for partners that might be interested in taking this idea forward in their communities.

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Photo of Uve Kindia
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I like the thinking behind this concept and understand the arguements being made however. People may be sick and tired of donating with out seeing results. Maybe other ways of donating should be looked at other than money

Photo of Jonathan Joanes
Team

This is a great idea. Its very difficult for many of use to design a solution for those living in low-income communities as most of us probably do not have the experience with working in such a domain.

However, there are plenty of charitable organisations that do have a wealth of experience and knowledge to help these people. I guess the social question you are answering is: "How can we help charitable organisations help parents in low-income communities ensure children thrive in their first five years?"

Perhaps you could contact an organisation to provide banners, logos, stickers etc to help market your 'Dollar Scheme'

Photo of Cathy Wu
Team

Great idea, I would like to engage in.

Photo of Yaowen
Team

Thank you, Cathy. I will let you know if the plan can work.

Photo of Kate Johnson
Team

The plan would be more effective if charity involves in. And I do believe there are plenty of people would like to donate more than one dollars.

Photo of Yaowen
Team

Yes, absolutely right. Not just charity, like I said, volunteers are also needed. But most importantly, anybody who wants to help those children is the key party.

Photo of Julie Mike
Team

Good

Photo of M C
Team

Good

Photo of David Anderson
Team

I would like to be a part of this plan!

Photo of Yaowen
Team

thank you!

Photo of Seven Perry
Team

Hi, it's a good idea. But I think it will be difficult to put it into practice.

Photo of Yaowen
Team

Thank you for your comment, you'e right, it's hard, that's why it needs cooperation.