Confession #19: I’m Re-Thinking One-for-One Campaigns
I am a Christian.
I love to laugh.
And I appreciate well-done satire.
Therefore, I LOVE Tripp and Tyler.
I have also been a big fan of one-for-one campaigns for quite some time.
Hence the 4 pairs of Toms in my already limited shoe collection.
All that changed, however, when I saw Toms (the shoes I thought were being purchased one-for-one to then be given away to a children in need) sold on the streets in downtown Haiti.
I then began having my doubts.
I still wear my Toms.
But you won’t see me purchasing a new pair anytime soon…if ever.
Thing is, I’m just not so convinced the one-for-one concept works anymore.
I wish it did.
Because it sounds so ideal.
I buy something I want.
And in return somebody in the world get something they need.
I get to help someone while I help myself.
Now that I live in Haiti, however, I see the other side of the story.
I am now no longer confident in the integrity of many of these one-for-one businesses.
Even more, I don’t even believe they are doing much to help people.
They may be providing “stuff” but is that “stuff” really doing a whole lot of good?
I’m just not so sure.
So when I saw Tripp and Tyler’s new video this week I all but fell out of my chair laughing.
Sure, they are a little over the top. But that is what makes it so hilarious! And so true!
They are actually kinda dead-on when it comes to so many aid-organizations in Haiti- coming down here with good hearts but with a lack of knowledge on what the people actually need.
Okay, so maybe I haven’t seen smoothie machine ministries in Haiti yet, but one day, it really wouldn’t surprise me.
So anyway, watch the video. I hope you find it to be as funny as I did. If you find it offensive, I apologize. Just know that it is a humorous exaggeration of what happens in countries like Haiti everyday, unfortunately. And that’s a problem. Funny for a 3-minute video clip, but then a problem we need to agree to not be a part of as we serve others internationally.
And if you are a fan of Toms shoes, believe me, I can totally relate. They are stinkin’ cute and super comfy! Like I said, I own 4 pairs myself. All I am saying is that before you buy your next pair, you may want to consider doing your research. You may just be surprised as to what you discover. I was.