“Dear Watsi,

I am writing you this simply to congratulate you. I am just an average citizen, from Portugal. Someone who sits behind his computer for 8 hours a day, and then some more at home. I may have dreams of impacting the world, but am realistically aware of my limitations. Today I made my first contribution to a patient on your site. It was small, probably not even a proportionate effort, but hopefully I’ll contribute more in the future.

I’ve never been that much into charity before. There’s something about people asking you for money that just brings up walls around you, almost immediately. I’m sure most people are like me in this regard, unfortunately. They may give to charity, or contribute in some way, but maybe they do it out of guilt, which I believe is a very poor motivation. But then there are people that truly make a difference. What you have done with Watsi is nothing short of amazing. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but I’m going to say it anyway.

I first heard about it in Hacker News, and the response there was incredible. I had to check it out. My first feeling resonated with what was being said. The site is clean, honest, and straight to the point: "Here’s the story of these people. They can be helped. These many people helped them. You can to. Here’s a link.” It’s a simple but uncommon concept. You’re not asking for money, you’re asking for investments in the happiness and well being of these people! And then there’s a fact that the donor knows he is making a difference. I mean, you get a progress bar and everything!

Just to summarize: Great job! Sincere wishes for growth and continued success.

Joao"