‘Life is so beautiful’, this is what I was thinking while I was driving to my office few days back. As I was enjoying the music and pondering on the nice things and did not have anything on my mind, I saw the red signal and stopped the car. This was a normal thing as everyone does at the red signal. Suddenly a child came close to the window and asked for money. It was nothing unusual as I had already experienced this a many times. But today, it just caught me with a thought as to how can WE people do something and change the lives.
As per UN, over 20 crore Indians sleep hungry every night and according to a NGO, Oxfam, “The number of hungry people in India has increased by 65 million — more than the population of France — because economic development excluded the rural poor, and welfare programmes failed to reach them.”
I believe that everyone has a duty to help the less fortunate. But you should not just give them– you should give effectively.
Giving someone money is good for a short term, but it is better to teach them a skill so that in the long term they can take care of themselves. In other words if you simply give food to a poor/needy man, it is the least you can do for him. He will not be hungry that day; however, he will get hungry next day again. If you teach a man to get food by himself or, to earn money to get food and other things he needs, it means a real, full-scale help to him for his lifetime.
To me the best way to help the poor is to give them a hand up rather than a hand out. Showing heartfelt humility and sincerity in assisting those in need is the best way to get their attention in getting them to want to do things for themselves rather than have someone else do it for them. By providing them with the opportunities to improve themselves on their own will give them self confidence, increase their self esteem, and restore their self respect in overcoming barriers that face them every day.
1. Help children study
2. Think about what you want to do with your money. Donating to a charity that helps the poor is a selfless thing to do.
Think about it.