Each dollar I put into Kiva comes back to me again and again so I can keep choosing to help another person take care of their family and their community. In this way I can afford to be helpful over and over for as long as there are people who are asking for help to build a better life. This on-going sustained generosity is not possible with charitable gifts.
I teach teachers how to help students learn better by teaching respect, responsibility and resourcefulness at all times. Then after the children are comfortably immersed in those lessons the teachers can also teach reading, writing and arithmetic or whatever is called for.