Appeal for Donations: World change begins with a falafel

Buddha Projects: Feed Malmö – Crowdfunding Falafels for the Homeless

I looked out of my window this morning, as I sipped on my freshly brewed hot coffee, staring at the seagulls spread their wings and soar across the golden sky, shrieking like newborn babies taking their first breaths of their new lives.

On the street below, Amila sits huddled in a corner, her hands wrapped around a similar coffee cup, but instead of a warm, aromatic Javanese brew, it held a few cold, lifeless one-kronor coins. Her face was dirty and deeply wrinkled, her hair carefully tucked under her headscarf, and her discoloured robes were tightly wrapped around her to keep her warm. Her only possessions – a family picture, another jacket, and some toiletries, were packed neatly into an ICA plastic bag. 

Eight people had walked past her hastily, all dressed in sharp office attires, shiny leather shoes that clicked with every step they took, staring into their iPhones that were connected to their brains via a Bluetooth earpiece, probably on their way to an important meeting that means nothing to Amila, just as Amila means nothing to them.

To many of us, the beggars on our streets are nothing more than gypsies we sometimes give our spare change to, depending on our mood for the day. We never stopped to ask their names, how their day had been, or even offered to buy them a coffee and talk to them. “Take my coins, and don’t bother me while I’m trying to enjoy my imported Czech microbrewery pale ale and discuss how ecological food is beneficial for us.”

So often, we’ve walked past Amila or her friends, distracted by our lofty ideas on how to change the world through our votes or how to organise the next big demonstration, forgetting that today, right at this moment, our politics is not going to feed Amila.

I personally believe that world change has to start from ourselves, feminism begins from respecting our mothers, and socialism can only take root when we treat our neighbours as family. And the first tiny step to eradicating world hunger, is to give Amila her next meal.

Sure, many might dismiss Amila and refuse to support her because she might be working for a criminal syndicate that takes away all the money she has made during the day. And giving one kronor to Amila is equivalent to supporting the syndicate.

But have we forgotten that all Amila wants is to give her family back home a better life? When she has made enough to pay back for her ticket here and to go back home, she could probably keep some of the rest. I’ve talked to a few of her friends and they told me that begging here actually could earn them more money than being back home.

All our talk about One World, One Love, amounts to nothing when there’s still someone on our streets struggling to find the next meal. So while we can spend 50 more kronors on organic honey, can’t we help buy Amila a meal?

Here, Buddha Mag is appealing to our activists, our world-change advocates, our hippies, and to everyone concerned about the human condition, to help us in this project. Our governments are doing too little to help our beggars, or even worse, they see them as vermins that leech on our economical systems. And it’s time to take matters into our own hands, to show that here’s love in the “first-world”.

Amila is no different from you and me. She has a family, she has passions in life, she has big dreams of a happy life. She just happened to be born under very different circumstances, which forced her onto the streets to appeal to your sympathy. If you ask me, that’s a really shitty job.

Your donation will go to buying falafel rolls for our homeless beggars. We will personally buy and deliver these falefels to them, twice a week in Malmö, Sweden, until the money runs out. And if this project works out, we’ll expand it across the world and show everyone that social sharing actually works, and that when we put our efforts together, we can actually make a difference.

You want anarchy? This is anarchy. We might not solve any long-term problems for homelessness, but at least we can show them that we care. And that can mean the world to someone. So click on the button below, and give some love. We thank you on behalf of Amila and her friends.