5 rupees.

Posted: May 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

You drop it in a bowl. One coin every day, from bus change or whatever.
It’ll build up to 140 rupees in a month.

10 bowls = 1400 rupees a month.
Enough for nearly 30 decent rice packets. Bath. Parippu. Dry fish or egg.

If the math is confusing you, long story short: if ten people put 5 rupees a day in a bowl, there’ll be enough money at the end of the month to give a family of 3 a meal a day for a week.

Doesn’t seem like much. But it beats starving right?
And what if you made it 10 rupees, and 30 bowls.

I’m making a little movie presentation for the idea, made of a set of photographs taken all over, of people or places or anything really that you think needs help. I’m hoping it’ll make some viewers want to try it.
5 rupees isn’t much after all. It’s not a trip to an African village to cure AIDS or a month in the slums of Bombay or anything intimidating like that.

So basically it’s: 1. Drop 5 rupees in a bowl each day for a month. 2. I collect it and ask you where you want it to go if not to a random family in need. 3. …yep. Effortless pretty much.
Or you know, you could just give it to someone random who needs it more.

Of course I gave the pros a shout (Dinidu, Raashid, Sachini) for the really sha! pictures for the movie, but I was wondering if any of you guys would like to help? Because we’ve got the big stuff of the refugee camps and the tsunami victims and all, but what about just the homeless guy in wellawatte?

Wherever you live, get your camera out and start clicking, totally amateur stuff even, I don’t care. If it’s just of the kid near the market asking you to buy murukku packets so he has food for lunch or a happy ragged old man sleeping on the pavement or just the beggars sharing food and conversation at the top of your lane.

Send your pics to GrandioseIdea@gmail.com and be a part of the movie. I’ll start putting it together in 2 weeks.

Ok ok don’t look at me like that, I’m not turning into Gandhi or anything. I’m just sayin ya know?
5 rupees a day aint nothing to me or you, so chuck it in a bowl and give it to someone who could use it, homie.

portrait excellenté by raashid

  1. purpleboxers says:

    wow mother teresa, quite the nobel project 🙂 brilliant, hope it works 😀

  2. the genius in simplicity, very nice one maks

  3. Chavie says:

    Hey, first the giving up of the possessions, and now this? You sure you’re not turning in Gandhi or something? 😉

    Brillaint idea Maks! *starts chucking leftover coins into bowl* 🙂

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  5. Dee says:

    that’s a cool proj 🙂

  6. PseudoRandom says:

    Nice one Maks…’grass roots’ charity is underrated.

    I’m not sure if this is an option, but I take photos of street performers sometimes, and I always put a bit of money in their collection as a ‘thank you’. Doesn’t matter if I use the photo or not…it’s just a way of thanking them for not calling me a terrorist and attacking me with their guitar 😛 It might be something for people to keep in mind when they’re taking photos of beggars.

    Good luck with the project!

  7. offtopic: also you got tagged.. here

    sorry fo hijack 🙂

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  9. Sabby says:

    Brilliant idea, Maks.

  10. Me-shak says:

    Will do 😀 Love the idea 🙂


  11. residentprincess says:

    What a noble idea. Hope it works out well.

  12. Azrael says:

    Great idea 🙂

  13. chanux says:

    Awesome Idea Exclamation Period

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