Every human has a basic set of needs. We all need clean air, water, food, sleep—the basics, thus the base of Maslow’s Human Needs Pyramid. More commonly called our “Physiological Needs.” However, when you step up to the next level things can get a bit more complicated.
Those who are fortunate enough to live in a developed country typically don’t need to fret about things that fall into the “Health Needs” tier such as: health or resources. Hospitals are in every town, and a local pharmacy is usually a stone’s throw away. In a developing country, basic medical supplies are not the norm. Antibiotic ointments, bandages, and even toothbrushes are not easy to come by.
That’s where Project C.U.R.E. comes in. Founded in 1987, this initiative to give healthcare to the ones who need it most was kick started by international economic consultant James Jackson who saw first handedly how desperately supplies were needed. The norm was not healthcare—but rather the standard was sick care as patients were frequently turned away when supplies had been diminished.
Upon Dr. Jackson’s return home, 30 days and $250,000 was all it took to create the humble beginnings Project C.U.R.E. within his Colorado home. Currently run by Dr. Jackson’s son, Doug Jackson, Project C.U.R.E. now reaches patients, children, adults, friends, brothers, mothers, uncles, grandmothers, and families in 130 countries. They also have major distribution centers in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
They couldn’t have done it without help from fellow philanthropists either! Thanks to the help of over 26,000 volunteers, doctors and nurses in developing countries are now able to receive 40-foot containers filled to the brim with top-quality, donated medical supplies.
How do you get involved you ask? Easy. Donate some medical supplies by visiting projectcure.org. Send those blunt scissors, safety pins, bottles of Ibuprofen—whatever you would want in your own medical supply cabinet to Project C.U.R.E. and you’ll give more than some staple medical supplies. You’ll be giving the gift of compassion and hope to someone that could really use it.
We all have our needs, but perhaps you can find the need to help someone that is—in need. Give the gift of compassion with help from Project C.U.R.E