Lee's Direct to Source Funding

I've thought about applying for aid work a few years ago but so many organisations wanted 2k for me to give up my time to volunteer so some snotty types can drive round in land cruisers claiming sainthood & 10% at best goes to the actual needy.
Every year I go on a trip & this time I had the idea of handing out first aid kits which a dozen odd of my friends kindly donated many different items. It quickly gathered momentum & before I knew it I'd 5kilos of medical kit with my allready bursting rugsack. I set off on Jan 2nd with the intention of donating them from Alexandria to Cape Town & return Feb 18th.  I befriend a hotel porters, taxi drivers or guides & ask them to take me to a really poor area and with the help of a pastor or neighbour I go all in armed with all round vision & sweets !!
It dawned on me early that it's a nice thing to have but seriously it's not the kind of thing you want to use. Straight away I decided to buy them essentials like long life milk, maize, sugar, oil, bread, toothbrushes etc and people's faces lit up.
I sit in their 1 or 2 bed huts & asked them about their lives. I listened to their stories & it's wobbled me. I decided then to give them a months rent, help with medicine and wow, my friends have been great. I'd hate to be accused of wrong doing & every penny donated goes to the needy but lets tidy it all up & put the donations into some form of structure. I'm not trying to save Africa or any of that bollox but if my friends & I can help a few families turn day to day survival to month to month well why not? High 5's & ear to ear smiles are a priceless way of knowing we helped.
I collect contact details so this can carry on after my return to our "don't know we're born" western lifestyle & I also post pictures & updates on how it's all going. 
Whatever you can donate from £1 up I can guarantee every penny will get to source.

Thank you for your kindness & huge thanks to Paul Nicholson for setting up the gofundme page on my behalf whilst I was in the middle of nowhere

Lee xx

Donations

 See top
  • Anonymous 
    • £25 
    • 37 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £400 
    • 37 mos
  • Denise Bowers 
    • £20 
    • 37 mos
  • Karen Wiles 
    • £20 
    • 38 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £249 (Offline)
    • 38 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Lee Watson 
Organizer
Paul Nicholson 
Beneficiary
  • #1 fundraising platform

    More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more

  • GoFundMe Guarantee

    In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more

  • Expert advice, 24/7

    Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more