Itinerant labourers hard at work carrying bricks at a factory in the Kathmandu Valley.

The most common question I am asked about the work I do in developing countries is, “Does it really make a difference?”

Is it worth giving money to that charity? Does the money get to the people that really need it? Is it really going to make any difference teaching photography for a few days? What if collecting all those donations and sending them in a container actually cuts out local industry? Is a hand out really a hand up?

These are just some of the questions I am frequently asked, and ones I’ve asked myself. I have read about terrible acts of charity and have even witnessed them myself. But my simple response is always yes and I usually turn to Mother Teresa at this point:

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

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