It's funny when atheists get accused of not being charitable. They say, “We do God's work and help out poor and needy.” Sure you do, why did your God allow it in the first place if He's so good? That is my question. There's a lot of work that needs to be done in the world from diseases to poverty, from wildlife preservation to pollution control.
One of the most innovative social machines became a small hub for atheist giving. Kiva.org
is “the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world” as the website states. It gives every individual an ability to witness their money work to reduce poverty. This unique fight against poverty stimulates economies of the developing countries, which in the end stimulates the world economy. No, this is not another charity where you donate money to get tax cuts. This is philanthropy at work. Yes, they try to repay the loan but it is never guaranteed. Plus, Kiva provides easy way to re-lend the money. The best part? Anyone can join and lend as low as $25.
How is it a small hub for atheist giving? Kiva offers “Teams” feature where people can join together and promote something else while benefiting others. Currently, the number 1 donating team on Kiva is “Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and ...
.” Yes, that's right. The team has over 3, 000
members. It made over 10, 000
loans. Wait for it, wait for it... The team loaned more than $300, 000
. It is incredible that atheists were able to come together and work for a common cause to help developing countries prosper. A simple step to a better future for the entire world.
The interesting thing is that number 2 team is Kiva Christians with over $200, 000.
This trend needs to be maintained. Number 1 status might not change crazy Christian's mind, but it will help reduce ignorance and help educate people that atheists do have morals. Those morals surpass religious morals very frequently.
All in all, there is no doubt that the success of atheist team will grow. It is the duty of every individual to help the ones in need. Instead of feeding them, why not provide a way for them to start or maintain their own business that will feed a lot more people while providing valuable jobs. It is time to eliminate poverty, and Kiva is here to help one entrepreneur at a time.