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Each and every one of us has something we can use to simply do good. Take a look around you and we’re sure you have more resources than you realise. As always, we’re here with some inspiration to get you started.
Food - What’s in your cupboards this week? Can you make an extra meal from what you have and share it with someone? Or make a batch of mandazi or chapatis to give out to people who would appreciate them?
Shamba - We hope those of you who are farmers get a bumper crop this season. If you have some maize and beans to spare you could donate them to a school or somewhere that runs a feeding programme. Encourage your friends and neighbours to do the same and you can really help kids get the most out of their learning if they get a nutritious lunch.
Clothes - In cold season, there is always someone who could benefit from an extra layer of warm clothing. Have a look through your clothes and see if you have one or two things you no longer wear and could pass on to someone who could make good use of them.
Car - We know that some of our SDG followers are fortunate enough to be car owners. If you’re one of them, can you think of someone you could offer a ride to? Take someone to do their shopping at the supermarket, give a colleague a ride to or from work, help someone visit a family member in hospital….
Books - Do you have a book that has really inspired you or helped you through tough times? Or are you still hanging on to those books you used in high school or campus? Rather than leaving them lying on a shelf, let them serve their purpose and help someone else.
Bags - Who used to have a drawer full of plastic bags and has ended up with one of reusable bags??? If like us your cupboard is now full because you keep forgetting to take one to the supermarket…..sort through them and see if you have a few you could hand in to your local duka or mama mboga so that they can help out a customer who is as forgetful as you!
Junk - Want to help the environment AND some kids? Find a project that can make use of some of the items you throw away like plastic boxes, toilet tissue holders, bottles etc. Some schools or projects can use these for art or even music lessons!
If you’re inspired by this post and decide to put your resources to good use, please tag @SDGKenya on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tell us how it goes.
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You don’t need money to Simply Do Good. We all have different skills that can be put to good use to help others in our local community. Here are a few ideas that might help to inspire you….
Photography – many CBOs struggle to get those eye-catching images that will help them raise the profile of their work. Using your photography skills you could provide them with content for a couple of months AND give them some tips on how to take better pictures.
Writing – Write a guest blog post for an individual or organisation, write positive reviews or comments online to help boost someone’s work, write an article for a local paper about something positive in your community…
Cooking – find an organisation that teaches cooking skills and offer to do a guest teaching slot. It’s always great for students to have someone different come in and teach for a few hours! Our friends at Seed of Hope in Nairobi enjoyed a baking session with a member of our team.
Acting – is there a community group near you with kids who have a passion for acting? Help them prepare and perform a small piece. It could even become a fundraising event if you could team up with others to help sell tickets etc!!
Marketing – there are many social enterprises out there with great products that are not selling. Use your skills to help an organisation find better ways to market their work whether it’s online or in face to face selling to distributors.
Painting/Art – Art can be a great source of therapy but it can also be a life-changing source of income for those with great talent. Find a place where you can share the skills you have to help others. We recommend checking out the Uweza Gallery in Kibera!
Sports – Are you good in tennis, golf, basketball or rugby? There are many sports that some children will never get to experience….and yet they might have a talent in them. Can you find a way to do a taster session to let children explore new sports?
If you have these skills or others and want some help finding a way to put them to good use, let us know! Or if you’re inspired to take action please tag @SDGKenya on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to tell us how it goes.