Hi there !
I have a topic I would like to discuss with you. Our world is not just. This is not a novelty. There are people who live in fragile life situations, and the States have come with numerous ways about how to help those in need regarding health, work, housing, child care, and so forth. Before that, the family would help and support the members in need, they still do today at a certain level. But I feel that solidarity within the family is weaker in countries where there is a national welfare system. Some parents kick their children out more easily as soon as they reach their majority, because there are places which can take care of the poor and isolated. Would it be the same if they knew that these people would not have another solution ? I’m not stating this as a judgement, I’m only noticing.
What I initially wanted to talk about is the question of helping someone. How do you « help » someone ?
The ways it is usually done is by giving the first basis to cover the necessities, and after that, normally you’re supposed to teach the person how to find solutions in their own terms. The main idea being that everybody is capable of taking care of themselves. What happens when it doesn’t work ? When the way we help someone isn’t helping, in the sense of giving them the means to become autonomous. What is the true way of rendering somebody independent ? My conception of help is that it is a support, preferably temporary and necessary, because everyone of us can be exposed to some hardship at a certain point and we appreciate a hand. The situation is not meant to last, and become a habit. What’s the most efficient way to help someone ? Or a group of people when it comes to a wider extent as in social work for example ?
Let’s say I want to help people in a poor village in Cameroon, I want this to be a way for them to develop and not just expect a small amount of money each month. A way that is going to be sustainable and lasting for them.
I would really love to hear your thoughts on this topic, if any of you have heard of effective initiatives somewhere in the world.
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