We believe that charitable handouts can hurt rather than help communities, so we work with rather than for communities, to help them help themselves. We also believe that financial support for the needy should go to them, not to operating expenses, and that supporters should be kept informed of how the people they support are progressing.
A core Goducate philosophy is that charitable handouts can hurt rather than help communities by breeding dependence and powerlessness, and that no community is so poor that it cannot play a part in helping itself. Thus Goducate does not do things for a community but rather works with the people, enlisting and training them to help themselves. When funding is provided, the aim is to wean the community off external help as soon as possible. When they are able, those who have been helped are expected to help others. Only in these ways can Goducate work be sustainable.
We also believe that those who provide financial support to the needy would like to see 100% of their money going to meet the needs of such people. Thus all board members and staff of Goducate headquarters will have to find financial support elsewhere if they need it. Goducate’s operating expenses will be covered by sponsors who have specifically designated their contributions to cover such expenses.
We further believe that those who provide financial support to Goducate projects would like to see the people they are supporting and the progress that is being made. We believe that multimedia technology can be harnessed to provide a cost-effective and efficient way of achieving this purpose—ie, through the Goducate blog.