“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”
Map: UN Human Development Index
I do not make Donations (Exception: Natural Disasters), I do not pointlessly give for Charity, I do not campaign for "giving to the poor" or for
"taxing the rich", I do not believe in "foreign aid". I do not hand out free lunch because I know that weakens
the recipient. If I give him
free fish I have made him dependent
on me. If however I teach him how to fish I have really helped him because now he is self-sufficient.
So I do help the third-worlder build water-sources, get school-books or lend him money to build his own Business. A recent good example of
micro-lending or Capitalists helping the third world is Kiva
, a site where anyone on the Internet can support a
thirld-worlder who is willing to be pro-active, willing to set-up a small business, willing to work:
We Let You Loan to Low Income Entrepreneurs Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the
world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. The people you see on
Kiva's site are real individuals. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on Kiva, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping
a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the
course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can
relend to someone else.
A maybe even better Model of this might be microplace
where there is the Option of you
Things like this support the third-world while helping them maintain their Dignity
rather than babyfying them with the "poor-you" look. Those
who critisize the micro-lenders for taking interest need to learn that any organization intent on helping on a grand-scale needs to be sustainable.
To counter some myths you might have heard about Capitalisma-nd-the-Third World on Campus...
"America is not rich because of Capitalism but because of its natural resources"
The truth: Africa, South America, Asia are rich in natural resources while Singapor, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Great Britian, etc hardly have any.
"Corporations exploit the weak and poor and run sweat-shops in third world-countries"
What some call exploitation others call "giving people a job opportunity". Those unfortunate cases in which true forced labor and inhumane
conditions at the workplace do occur are rare
. And incidentally those 1% of evil-doers happen to be in non-free-market countries.
Free-market-economies on the other hand, have a good human-rights-record (compared to countries without free-market). We have a higher standard of
living, higher health, higher life expectancy.
"These countries are poor because of Western Colonialist and Imperialist Oppression"
It is true that Colonialism had negative effects on indigenous people around the globe. But Colonialism is not Capitalism. And it does not account for
all poverty, especially not today in an age where these nations are sovereign. Canada, Australia and HongKong were colonies. Why arent they poor?
Ethiopia, Liberia, Bhutan, Tibet were no colonies. Why are they poor?
The cause of all
poverty are doctrines and beliefs that preac and imply victimhood. If you understand the psychology of such doctrines you will
understand that it can lead to no other results than poverty.
Why? Because those doctrines paint people as pathetic and helpless victims of some "oppresor"/"perpetrator". In doing so they say
"You are not the master of your life, others are"
"You are not responsible"
"You are not able"
"The world is a bad place"
"The employer is an evil man"
"The system is crap"
"People who have money are evil"
"Money is the root of all evil"
"You are dumb, let the Government take care of everything for you"
This type of brainwashing creates a mentality from which it is very difficult to succeed in anything - afterall, success itself is associated with
Business/Finance/Capital has created our infrastructure, our technology, our medicine, our houses, streets, buildings, computers, cars, internet,
foods. Before the Industrial Revolution we lived in dark ages where you could die from having a cold and where you had to plough the fields all
In the same way Capitalism, Education and Love can and will help the Thirld World arise from sickness, malnutrition, war to more peace and
To help in this respect we need to STOP GIVING FOREIGN "AID"
, stop falling for the constant calls of "Help this Country" and "Donate to
that Country" and start helping our fellow humans, our brothers and sisters in the third world out in terms of Self-Sufficiency
[edit on 23-1-2010 by Skyfloating]