Spanish economic crisis - how to help?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 12, 2012 6:22 PM Last Post By: MTL
Oct 11, 2012 2:21 AM
Spanish economic crisis - how to help?Hola,
People living in Spain: what is the best way foreigners and greatful past visitors can help the people in Spain suffering such gross unemployment and financial difficulties. I wanted to donate to the Spanish branch of the Cruz Rojo (red cross) but cannot find a way to so from overseas.
Can you recommend any particular organisations that will help people in need in Spain? Or is there any other way to help?
Edited by: teamas
Oct 11, 2012 3:40 AM
1This is the page...
1. The destination is already filled in ('People affected by the Spanish crisis').
2. Click on an amount under 'Deseo hacer una aportación única' (I want to make a one-off donation).
3. Click on 'tarjeta de credito' (credit card) under 'Forma de pago' (payment method).
4. Click on 'Realizar donativo sin registrarse' (donate without registering with the website).
On the next page...
1. Click on 'Realizar donación' (make donation).
On the next page...
1. Fill in credit card details and click on 'Aceptar' (confirm).
Hopefully it will work, Spanish websites have a knack of not accepting payments from abroad.
Cáritas is another organisation which runs soup kitchens and is mainly supported by private donations (not the church as is commonly believed) but their website doesn't accept donations from outside of Spain. :/
Oct 11, 2012 4:28 AM
Oct 11, 2012 7:26 AM
3are you joking? 600 million Indians live on less than $2/ day and you want to donate to Spain? Don;t worry, teh german government is already taking care of it on behalf of Europe...
Oct 11, 2012 7:38 AM
Oct 11, 2012 9:03 AM
6#5: Yes, but just try to donate from a foreign address and you'll come across a slight problem - the only country in the country box is Spain.
Oct 11, 2012 3:36 PM
7I am sorry for the spanish and their current economical crisis but if you want to help people in much greater need you have choosen the wrong country. Children mortality for example in Spain is much lower than in any african or southamerican country and also most asian countries.
Oct 11, 2012 11:53 PM
8It seems to me the best way to help is to go to Spain on holiday, stay in a Spanish-owned hotel or apartment and go to local businesses and restaurants. At least some people will be earning a salary from the tourism business.
Oct 12, 2012 12:57 AM
9You could just as well go on a long holiday in Germany or the Netherlands, where VAT went up from 19 to 21% as of 1 October; so the more you spend, the more money goes into the government's coffers and the more money can be sent to Brussels - that way you can support not only Spain, but also Greece, Portugal and whichever country needs our money next.
But seriously, I believe bjd's suggestion makes a lot more sense than donating money to a charity.
Oct 12, 2012 7:29 AM
10Agree with supporting tourism as at least some of your cash goes directly into businesses and employees. Choose local tapas bars and small hotels rather than fast food chains and global hotels. If possible in your home country buy spanish wine and foods. Clearly though you can never be sure of who the end owner is - family business vs multinational, but you´re stimulating trade in a small way.
Its great that you are researching reputable charities (like cruz roja) because too many out there are just interested in paying fat salaries to their corporates running the show. Shameful.
Oct 12, 2012 6:22 PM
(4 star Hotel)
From US$134.33 per night
(3 star Hotel)
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(4 star Hotel)
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