reply to post by vinay86
Many people from rich countries visit third world countries to only see how people are living in slums with filth all around them, they find it funny
and highly entertaining. And then they share those filthy pictures from our countries with their friends and families to have more fun.
I completely empathize with your message, but I also think the above statement is REALLY unfair and stereotypes people unnecessarily. I have NEVER
met anyone who laughed at the misfortunes and poverty of 3rd world countries, nor took pictures to pass around and snicker at with their friends back
home. I don't know anyone like this, and I do donate to organizations that specifically HELP villages become self-sufficient, not just give them food
off a back of truck and then make them wait until the next shipment. Your assumption makes zero sense, since those types of people would never visit
a 3rd world country for "fun" to begin with. All those who would go, are there for humanitarian or missionary purposes.
Again, I understand and empathize with your plight and frustration. I also want to point out that the United States is THE most charitable country in
the world, by far, whose people DO care and give exceedingly to those who are suffering. I just felt it wrong to bash and accuse the very people who
give and volunteer the most. We do have issues with "trust" when it comes to non-profit organizations, so there are only a handful that I would
personally give to.
It breaks my heart to see people living in filth, disease, and starvation. The problem isn't money....well, to a certain degree, yes, but it's not
even about food or corrupt organizations making a buck off of all of us. It's about education. Villagers need to be educated in proper waste
disposal, sustainable gardening practices, basic construction, proper animal care and husbandry, and any other number of trades that will ENABLE them
to stand on their own! I can't tell you how many pictures I've seen where trash lines the streets where children play, and people bathing in trash
littered waterways where animals are allowed to defecate. It doesn't take money to make a stand and care....pick it up, burn it, and clean up the
neighborhoods! Education....learning proper hygiene to keep disease and illness at bay. Education...picking 2 or 3 of the brightest students every
year to send off to study to be doctors so that they can come back and give back to their communities....these could be sponsored programs!
Education...learning about sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence, monogamy, safe sex and responsible parenting.
It's not all about, nor should it ever be all about just what others can do FOR them, but what others can do to help enable them to do it for
themselves. I urge everyone everywhere to consider what I just posted the next time they consider donating.
For everyone reading this....
A few of my favorites that I continue to donate to that help those OUTSIDE of my own country:
Those I donate to that help those within my country include Veteran's Groups, Toys for Tots, The Salvation Army, and various random conservation and
animal welfare groups that pop up from time to time. The point is, just do it. Sure, do your homework and find ones that have more good reports than
bad, but if you wait until you find one without faults, you'll never give and no one gets helped. But do try to find those that ENABLE
self-sufficiency and not just random handouts.
My two cents worth, and God bless all those in need.
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