I came across UNICEF's Tap Project through one of my lecturers and it immediately caught my attention. It's really as simple as it seems: For every minute that you don't touch your phone, a donation will be given to families who don't have access to clean and safe water.
Not surprisingly, this project received mixed feedbacks. Others are praising UNICEF for taking part in such a great project, while others are criticising them for it. Some of the negative feedbacks include "Why do they need to ask people to not touch their phone, when their sponsors have the means to donate right away?" as well as "Nowadays, people feel that they can make a difference even if they don't leave the house and get to know the real life situation of the unfortunate ones."
When I was younger, these questions also entered my mind. The very same questions. This type of project where everyone can participate without much effort has been around for quite some time now, so I eventually figured out my own answers for it.
First, it is just not possible for everyone to dedicate their time and fly to third world countries. Instead of spending money on unnecessary flights, that money can just be put towards donation. Second, I believe that people genuinely care about the situation, knowing that they can at least somehow help DOES make a difference. Their little sacrifices go a long way, and I see nothing wrong with that.
Yes, the sponsors have the means to donate without the tap project, but it's the idea of people helping others in their own little ways. So far, I've done nearly 4 hours and I'll try to boost the number of hours as hard as I can. You can start making a difference too by clicking the UNICEF Tap Project. Encourage your friends to do the same! It will be fun, I promise ;)
*This is not a sponsored post.