Tell Me Something ➡️Helping People

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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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In the meantime, let’s take care of ourselves.

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  1. Sadje dit :

    A great idea. Helping people to help themselves is the way to go. Giving out small loans, without interest to start a cottage industry, home business or a handicrafts setup can make them self reliant. Once established they can pay back the loans, gradually.

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    1. Monaminga dit :

      This is very well done in India, the micro credit, do you know how it works ? Do you know of anybody who has benefited from that program ?

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      1. Sadje dit :

        I have heard of many programs that are happening in countries like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.

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  2. I saw on the world news that Switzerland or Sweden, I can’t recall which at the moment, started giving monthly allowances to the unemployed to assist with their basics or to start a business. So far it seems to be working.

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    1. Monaminga dit :

      I heard of it, it is Sweden 🙂 the experiment which lasted two years has come to an end, and the first results say that there have been no impact on the unemployment rate, it’s not worse, and it’s not better than two years ago. Maybe it should be extended longer for the impact to be seen. One of the major criticism of this system was that it would encourage people not to work. But the allowance was not big, a bit more than 550€ I think. The universal income is also discussed here in France, some regions wanted to give it a try but the parliament isn’t ready for that.


      1. I think there has to be an incentive inside each of us. If the will to do isn’t there, money won’t help.

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      2. Monaminga dit :

        The arguments of those who advocate in favor of a universal income is that they believe that if someone is relieved from the burden of having something to eat, a roof on their head, some clothing, then their mind is free to be more creative. Even engage in charity because the bare necessities would be covered. They say it would cost less to the state because then there wouldn’t be all the other welfare helps (the dole, allowance for the rent, family allocations ) and there would be no conditions to have it. Besides if someone wants to earn more money they can still find a job which will add up to the initial amount. The idea sounds good to me 🙂

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      3. I remember that part of the story now. And it does seems like a reasonable assumption. If my needs are met it frees me to think and function. Be more productive.
        But, the bad comes with the good. Always. For every ten that are grateful, there are two or three who are wasteful.

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      4. Monaminga dit :

        Absolutely, there will always be people who take advantage, but maybe the rest deserve a try 🙂

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      5. I know. Why should the good suffer with the bad? Great post. Very thought provoking.

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