‘Feel good’ ethical Christmas gifts sustain squalor and poverty


It is utter nonsense that millions of people in the developing world want to live an existence of back breaking toil, close to nature, without modern amenities and dependent on us sending ludicrous gifts such as goats and buckets of worms.


[UKPRwire, Fri Dec 12 2008] It is utter nonsense that millions of people in the developing world want to live an existence of back breaking toil, close to nature, without modern amenities and dependent on us sending ludicrous gifts such as goats and buckets of worms. No amount of ethical wrapping paper will hide that. So says the charity WORLDwrite, producers of the online magazine programme WORLDbytes, host of an appeal with a difference on its Xmas special show.

Assistant Director Viv Regan explains:
“The NGOs selling this idea along with an array of demeaning gifts would have us believe that ethical giving at Xmas is one of the best ways to help our peers in the poorest parts of the world. They argue ethical gifts are respectful of ‘local and cultural traditions’ and the environment. Calling subsistence farming a ‘cultural tradition’ is a disgraceful disguise for poverty and putting the environment before people with dire needs should be damned. Ethical once meant treating people as you would like to be treated yourself, but these derisory gifts offer nothing of the sort. The truth behind this degraded worthiness needs to be unwrapped.”

Director Ceri Dingle adds:
“There is a thinly veiled and repugnant mistrust of our peers in the developing world and a dim view of the British public enshrined in this year’s ethical gift appeals. The message of the whole ethical shopping façade is ‘this is what we think poor people should have’ and to a well meaning public ‘its alright we are not asking for much, we won’t hand them cash and we’ll monitor what the natives do with your little gift.’ If the outfits peddling these scandalous low horizons were serious about development and trusted our peers, they’d hand over cash with no strings and campaign for serious investment.”

WORLDwrite, on this months WORLDbytes xmas show is putting its money where its mouth is and raising cash to hand over in its entirety, with no diktat, no strings and no monitoring, to Old Fadama, a shanty town in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. WORLDwrite is not an aid agency but believes everyone can help out while campaigning for serious development.

The Wofa wants everything appeal has a special website making clear what Ghanaians want and accepts online donations. The website is at www.wofawants.org

WORLDbytes, the provocative online news channel will screen its Xmas special from Friday 12th December, including the Wofa wants everything appeal. It aims to promote a people-first perspective on a wide-range of issues; the programme’s credo is “don’t shout at the telly, change the message on it”. Please visit www.worldbytes.org

For more information and interviews contact:
Ceri Dingle
Email: ceridingle@btconnect.com
Tel: +44 (0)7939 449 604 or +44 (0)20 8985 5435

Viv Regan
Email: vivregan@btconnect.com
Tel: +44 (0)7939 449 604 or +44 (0)20 8985 5435

Company: WORLDwrite


Contact Name: WORLDwrite

Contact Email: world.write@btconnect.com

Contact Phone: 020 8985 5435

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