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How to help poor? what is the best way in your view?

Updated on January 12, 2009

Yes the summary is a familar proverb!

That old proverb "give a man to fish and he'll eat for a day, teach him to fish and he'll feed himself"

I know, I know. I probably butchered the proverb. But the gist is right.

Yes we may have to feed him today, but that man (the poor) can better prosper if we teach him how to work, and thus provide.

The teaching doesn't have to be some higher education, or complex task but just simple things. Might be how to be responsible, and just be steady. As the first steps. Than to offer some way of further training him.

I know from what our church is doing in the Philippines, it has made a remarkable difference in those peoples lives.

Some of the projects is just as simple as a machine to build concrete construction blocks. The methodology of building those blocks is fairly simple, but it introduces these people to the work ethic. Because the quality is good or far above average, these people are now doing fine. They have been steadily employed for last three+ years. When of our requirements, is that they put some of the monies to mission work (not back to us but to their own people)

Another project is actually right along the line with the proverb. Fishing boats, and for them just simple reliable crafts. Here two men are assigned to a boat. The catch is split three ways, one third for each man, and the remaining third to aid their mission work in their area.

Down on the island of Mindanao, recently we have an orphanage, but are now expanding to help some of the local women by having a house for them. This house will be a place to teach them how to clean, sew, etc. We may not think this is much, but for them it opens up doors to be either on their own or work for someone and get paid a decent wage. They posses a skill, which is in demand, and paid for far better than normal.

So if we want to help the poor here, the same principles can be applied. First let's get them a skill they can use now. and then provide a way they can further improve themself by making it accessible. If they want to learn more, let's provide it, if not "we can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink it"

In part also, as pay back these people should lend a hand to help someone else. It is more blessed to give then to receive, those who are givers tend to have more fulfilling lives.


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      eaglegordon 7 years ago

      T. Sanjay: Thanks for your input. It's been a while, but any way which people can help people to better themselves by teaching them skills, should be supported. If you could update your links it would be appreciated.

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      kishanA 8 years ago


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      T. SANJAY 8 years ago

      *Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ* Greetings to each one of you from me and my family. I am Sanjay Kishan from Andhra Pradesh, Indian. By the grace of God I am social worker purely dedicated to the orphan children, disabled children's, widows and very very poor women whom their family members do not bother to care. I work with such people and encourage them not only by telling the love of Christ but also encouraging them by providing work at Home. We thought them the art of crochet ( lace hand knitting) materials of cotton decorative items from napkins, bed sheets to garments 100% cotton hand knitted. Also these widows and women make beautiful toys made of wood and many articles and decorative. James 1:27 I humbly therefore request you to kindly help these poor helpless women talented but neglected by buying some of the articles they made. Thank you for doing the needful Awaiting for your earliest reply and wishing you all Gods blessings Your's in His service, T. Sanjay Kishan* Our Handicrafts Links * *Ministry & Orphan Home web site* *Disabled children's Website *

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      eaglegordon 8 years ago

      Dolores if you don't know how to clean then it is a skill. Here in the western Nations we have been taught the basic cleaning skills since childhood. In poor countries, what is sanitation? How do we clean? If you haven't really lived in a house, or had goods what would you know about cleaning?

      We take a lot of things for granted here, things we wouldn't think twice about. But when you are so desperately poor, that just living for today is all that matters. Just surviving. It changes the picture, concepts, and ideologies. Basic life skills that are common tasks to us, are skills to be learned for them.

      Knowing how to clean a house can lead to a housecleaning position, with far better wages. From there, one can add more skills, or pass them on to your children by providing a better education for them.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      cleaning is a skill?

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      eaglegordon 9 years ago

      Yes a sense of well being.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      You are so right. Not only are you teaching the man to stand on his own feet you are giving him a sense of pride and ownership. You give him back life!