Weird NGO

Yes, I’m still here in Brazil, but I won’t be talking about my experience here yet. Maybe one day I’ll be able to summarize it all, although last post was a hint of what it is about.

Anyway, trying to focus here on what I’m going to talk about, an email that I’ve received of people asking for money. I receive this all the time because of some lists I subscribe to, but this time I felt that the idea behind the group was quite strange (and worked well for the whole set of events around here):

Simchat Tzion: Wedding for Orphans in Eretz Israel

They get money to sponsor poor orphans to get married! This shows how important people think the wedding ceremony itself is. For most people that I know, if you want to get married and you don’t have money for a ceremony, you still get married, but without one. The fees to just get somebody to marry you are quite low. The expensive part it the party itself.

However, in this case, they are aiming for the joy of the ceremony itself, hoping that it alone might help those poor people to get enough energy to improve their lives. Interesting concept. And, no, I’m not donating money to this organization. After seeing the stress of organizing a wedding here, I can’t see myself promoting such things to other people. It would be just mean.

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