Is giving money the only way to help poor people?

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  1. erorantes profile image52
    erorantesposted 6 years ago

    Giving money to poor people is not bad. How they are going to use it. That is an real issue. We can start by planning their present life and future life. Budget it their money. They need  shelter, food money, and trasportation to get a training in some carriers. some careers are so easy to get. example nail technitian. you only need three monhts and you are finish. To start making some good money.If you look there are other careers to be train . to have a better future.

  2. NiaLee profile image61
    NiaLeeposted 6 years ago

    giving them an education, etiquette, a network, a vision, inspiration, etc... can bring more, teach to fish, don't only give fish!

  3. faith_love_hope32 profile image59
    faith_love_hope32posted 6 years ago

    First of all, it depends on the poor people we're talking about. United States poor or third world country poor? I think there's a huge difference between the two, but I believe in helping people that want to help themselves and people, like those in third world countries, who are unable to help themselves and to teach people to learn to help themselves. If that makes sense.

  4. CuriousLearner profile image60
    CuriousLearnerposted 6 years ago

    No, Giving money is not only way to help poor but it cannot solve the problem, it increases it.
    I have tried this and I learned that it increases the greediness. So I think let teach them how to catch fish instead giving a fish everyday.

  5. Ranveer Bhatia profile image59
    Ranveer Bhatiaposted 6 years ago

    There is a lot more that can be done other than just offering people money. Most of the times, giving money doesn't address the specific needs. This is because of the fact that a majority of the people don't know how to spend the money that is being offered.
    The best thing would be to offer the services instead. Getting the services directly will certainly bring a lot of help to the needy lot.

  6. profile image51
    Mikeomearapensacoposted 6 years ago

    Not at all.  Charity can be delivered in many forms.  Volunteering time, professional help and expertise, coaching at risk youths are just some of a multitude of ways to help the less fortunate.  Even doing a good deed for a person can have a very meaningful impact, if for no other reason than giving that person a sense of hope in mankind.

  7. profile image51
    Ekta dhposted 6 years ago

    Providing financial help to people who are poor will actually make them handicap as it will lead them to be dependent on others for basic necessities. But providing education and making people aware of there career and future so that they can make their life beautiful by being independent will lead to a healthy life with better future. Education and awareness is the best thing to provide to people. I believe if you find people on road begging for money then you should ask one question from them "you too have two legs, two hands and most importantly a brain. Do something productive". Guide people, instead of filling their hands with money that will not  stay for long time, fill their mind with knowledge that will enhance their lifestyle.
    Further providing finance for education or emergencies  is one of the best thing that a human can do in life.

  8. kknde profile image73
    kkndeposted 6 years ago

    No, this is one of the way you can help people. You can help poor people with clothes, food, shelter. You can provide even support when they are down, to lift them up.

  9. Toytasting profile image63
    Toytastingposted 6 years ago

    Money is not the only way to help poor people. Instead i feel, we should give away our old clothes, books and other items. I feel if we are not using the, it should at least be used by someone else.

  10. icv profile image55
    icvposted 6 years ago

    giving money for poor is good. but more than that when we adjoin with them will be better to become them happy from isolation.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's a good idea. But how do we create the bridge between the poor and non poor?

  11. Jere Pereira profile image55
    Jere Pereiraposted 6 years ago

    se você,dar um pouco que você tem,acho num vai fazer falta.

  12. Steve Burgess profile image57
    Steve Burgessposted 6 years ago

    Giving money is not the solution. Must know the cause and find out the remedy. Yes, education can help! Improve their skills and make them eligible for jobs and business. If possible, create jobs for them.

  13. KenDeanAgudo profile image85
    KenDeanAgudoposted 6 years ago

    It is one of the ways to help poor people but it is not the only way for them to uplift their selves from the quicksand of poverty. Money is one of the fundamental and essential things in life but its how you give the money to them. I remember the saying: Give a man a fish and you give him a living for a day but teach a man a fish and you help him for a lifetime.

    Instead of giving alms to the poor why not to help them build a sustainable living?
    Quite simple but so hard to live by.

  14. phillippeengel profile image67
    phillippeengelposted 6 years ago

    Giving money is a palliative antidote to alleviate poverty. What's more vital is to impart them skills which will be helpful for their job development. Being self-sufficient and self-reliant is the best way to get rich, while being dependent on the government and social welfare only is temporary.

  15. jeffreymaskel profile image77
    jeffreymaskelposted 6 years ago

    I don't think that giving money is the only way to help poor people.  Many people rely on food banks and shelters to keep themselves a step ahead of the game.  Or at least stepping in time with the game. 

    I also have friends that sometimes just need rides or a place to sleep for the night.  Sometimes people just need a friend or some human interaction to make them feel at ease.  I feel like all of these things are great ways to help poor people, or anyone really for that matter.

  16. creativedoc profile image62
    creativedocposted 6 years ago

    I support the statement "You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money."

    Giving money directly to poor people may temporarily solve problems but permanently it may create more problems. Simple Example is "people may turn Lazy".

    My Best solution for this will be "Provide poor people some opportunities like job oriented educative skills to earn money". By doing this they can be busy with their work and can improve their own standards of living helping their family and country.

    Provide FREE Education to the children of poor people which can also bring great positive changes in coming generations


    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You have some real insight into the issue of poverty. Education is a great long term tool - provided it is not just cosmetic. How about having a people-focused and job-oriented economy? Then very few or no one would be poor.

  17. profile image0
    unen-tsogtposted 6 years ago

    If you give someone a fish, then he will be happy for today.
    If you teach someone how to fish, then he will be happy forever.

  18. sridevimoorthy profile image59
    sridevimoorthyposted 6 years ago

    Never , we cannot get rid of poverty only by giving money to the poor . It might satisfy his need for a while but it never gives him a complete solution .Instead you can guide him by some ideas to earn money in a right way so that he will able make out money on his own.  "Money never starts an idea. It is always the idea that starts the money".

              Please do not turn  a poor into a beggar by merely helping  him with money.

  19. profile image49
    sansu13posted 6 years ago

    Giving money is one of the ways to help poor people. Poor is a radical term, one can be poor in many things, sometimes poor in health, poor in spirit and poor in social relations. Being poor is state of life, where you lack something that is essential. Money alone is not enough.
    In this context, we can relate to poor people. Along with giving money,we can also give moral support and be kind to our poor fellow beings. You can be a good listener to someone who needs to talk about their problem and we can console the other person. More than anything, they need our acceptance in our society  plus our love and concern. Then only this financial support will have some meaning...!

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You really have tremendous insight into human suffering. Importance of money is over-blown in today's society; that's why we tend to see everything in terms of money alone. Moral poverty is today more prevalent than monetary poverty.

  20. ajaychanchal profile image60
    ajaychanchalposted 5 years ago

    It is not correct that giving money is the only way to help him. Instead of giving them fish each time we should make them learn how to fish in the water. They need knowledge, professional skills, necessary morals, etc.

  21. Laura in Denver profile image74
    Laura in Denverposted 5 years ago

    No. Give food to those who will blow money on booze or something else. I have done this many times.

  22. profile image50
    Undauntedposted 5 years ago

    It's up to you if you want to help more than by just paying taxes.

  23. kohila profile image61
    kohilaposted 5 years ago

    Giving money is indeed a form of help but a person who is poor cannot be ridden from poverty with it alone. A one-time money can give a poor person a way to eat for a meal but it will not fulfill his life wholly. But if that person is taught to work for a living, then it is really a appreciable and blessed help for him.

    In my opinion, poverty can be ridden wholly by
    1.Education or Skill
    3.And of course, love.

    Still there are many things to write down but i think it is a primary way to get rid of poverty.

    Hope my answer do a part of good to you.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Kohila for sharing your ideas. So in nutshell what you said points to only one thing: make the poor more CAPABLE so that they can take care of themselves. What are the ways to make people more and more capable?

    2. kohila profile image61
      kohilaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you goodpal for commenting. To make a poor people capable to earn a living, they must need to get an education to find a job or a skill to do that particular job.

    3. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, education and skills are the foundation of the capabilities a person has to survive. Apart from that a "people-centered" economy is needed that provides sustainable jobs. The current economic model is money centered; people are tools.

  24. WiccanSage profile image92
    WiccanSageposted 5 years ago

    My husband and I both grew up really poor in the inner city neighborhoods of NY. Everyone we knew got help from the government, family & friends, charities, etc. Money, food, free stuff. It didn't seem to help anyone get ahead.

    My husband and I found that a change of attitude and a change of habits is what's really necessary to get out of poverty and improve your lot in life.

    I think when people get used to relying on others to provide them with their necessities, they either get lazy and stop trying to provide it or themselves, or they stop believing that they are capable of providing or themselves, and they're scared to take steps towards independence. Either way, too much 'help' just ensures the cycle of poverty will continue.

  25. Jason Matthews profile image90
    Jason Matthewsposted 5 years ago

    No, there are many other ways to help poor people besides giving money. In fact, I would argue that giving money isn't always the best option, although it really depends on the situation. I think you can help people find work or jobs, prepare them to be able to work, give them education, provide for basic needs such as food and shelter. Giving money is pretty easy. I think it is better to try and invest in the lives of people who need our help. The best way to do this is to start volunteering at a local homeless shelter, rescue shelter, or food bank. Doing this, you will probably find that you some amazing opportunities to impact lives without using money.

  26. JohnGreasyGamer profile image80
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years ago

    I would have to say no. As someone who was on Jobseeker's Allowance (as we call it in England), it didn't help me all that much. I had no job skills, no job history or experience and there wasn't a single apprenticeship I could go for. When I was given a single opportunity by the Jobcentre about a journalism course my life changed for the better - I'm writing all kinds of articles as a freelance journalist to make a bit of money here and there, all thanks to that one qualification. It may not be much of a career or full-time work, but it's a foot in the door for my future.

    It's alright being on welfare for financial gain, but job skills to help get employment for better cash and the chance of a future is much greater. It's why in prisons more meaningful tasks are given out instead of sewing mailbags and making license plates - because people can be reformed and go on to do better things.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks John for sharing. It appears that making people capable is the right solution to poverty. Lack of money is a symptom (as well as a cause) of poverty but the ability to look after one's own life appear more basic than money.

  27. profile image48
    Jackson Huieposted 5 years ago


    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Jackson. You think there is shortage of money in the world that makes people poor?

    2. Medusa13 profile image80
      Medusa13posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Money is the very reason people are poor. There is too much value placed on money in the first place.

  28. tsadjatko profile image56
    tsadjatkoposted 5 years ago

    Depends on your definition of help. Sure giving money can "help" a poor person, help them meet his/her immediate needs, help keep them from starving or freezing but if money keeps them from wanting to help themselves then is it really helping? Giving money is never a good substitute for earning money and often the only thing that differentiates a poor person from a better off person is their ability to earn money, not their proclivity to get handouts. Giving money to the poor implies there is money to give. To have money to give someone has to earn that money. If the poor are getting more money than the earners can earn to give then eventually the earners will become the poor so the only solution is to not give money to the poor but find ways for the poor to earn it. If the poor's children grow up only knowing  how to be given money and not how to earn it they will not want to work, will not aspire to a better future but will be resigned to being fed, housed and clothed by those who earn the money. So giving the poor money can be as good as cursing them to a level of life below that of mediocracy.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks tsadjatko. You want to make them more capable so that they can be on their own. What is the ways to keep people capable of looking after themselves?

    2. tsadjatko profile image56
      tsadjatkoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Like it depends on your definition of help, helping also depends on just who you are helping, why are they poor and how can they be motivated. Todo this the "helpers"must have a personal relationship with the poor, to Gov't thepoor arejust statistics

  29. profile image51
    rehmanjafarposted 5 years ago

    Feeding people isn't going to help overcome poverty but educating them in a proper way surely will.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, education is a big help. But even educated people often can't stop from falling in poverty. Something more basic is needed in the economic system so that people have some safety mechanisms and sustainability in their jobs.

  30. AvineshP profile image60
    AvineshPposted 5 years ago

    Personally, I feel that giving money is not a permanent solution for removing poverty. These people should be offered education so that they can earn their livelihood. This way they get to become independent.

  31. lostdogrwd profile image59
    lostdogrwdposted 5 years ago

    teaching, knowledge, showing someone something that they don't know is the best way to help poor people for our people are dying for lack of knowledge. but the worst enemy of poverty is and always be lying people who take advantage and rob the poor for they just don't know

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, knowledge is a powerful tool. But as you rightly said some safety mechanism is required to prevent exploitation of the poor.

  32. MellyMoo profile image60
    MellyMooposted 5 years ago

    Sometimes just taking the time to listen to them helps them more than any money in the world ever could.  smile

  33. adithgeorge profile image82
    adithgeorgeposted 5 years ago

    Nope.Giving money is not the only thing to help the poor.Education,care,facilities and other things must also be provided.Apart from individuals the government must also do something on behalf of them.Helping them in their sufferings is also a way as Mother Teresa did in her life.

  34. Alea Din profile image60
    Alea Dinposted 5 years ago

    You can help them by being nice. That's the best thing about kindness. It's free.

    1. MonkeyShine75 profile image71
      MonkeyShine75posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Nice doesn't feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, or shelter the homeless. True kindness supplies their needs

  35. Suzanne Day profile image93
    Suzanne Dayposted 5 years ago

    You can, actually. Poor people should be given heaps of money. Some will save, some will spend, everyone's different. But then we will have the chance to see who is really poor by bad choices rather than by a bad playing field.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Suzanne. Yes, some will be helped by giving money, but it appears that the only permanent solution is to have a system where everyone gets a chance to work and stand on his/her own - even those who can't make good choices.

    2. MonkeyShine75 profile image71
      MonkeyShine75posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I agree Suzanne

  36. jemuelO profile image90
    jemuelOposted 5 years ago

    I don't think that giving money is the only way to help poor people. Money depreciates while wisdom doesn't. I always believe that giving poor people the right knowledge and skills is far better than just money. When they know how to use their resources wisely, I am sure they'll get all the things they want in life.

    You are not helping the poor if you just feed them everyday, instead teach them to get their own food and they will benefit from it for the rest of their lives.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I absolutely agree with you. Poverty is not an income issue alone., otherwise what forces 15% people live in poverty in the rich US? Probably system must be responsible for keeping rich in richness and poor in poverty.

  37. profile image48
    APOliva324posted 5 years ago

    No, money is not the only way. Just the simplicity of giving them your jacket, or just talking to them to be that voice could help them. You never know what people are going through.

  38. Don Fairchild profile image74
    Don Fairchildposted 5 years ago

    Most all people will choose the easiest path in life.  If you give them money, then where is the incentive to learn a new task or for that matter go and work for your money!
    As Teresa Schultz pointed out the old Chinese proverb about teaching them to fish, sadly they might not want to learn how to fish.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, the bottom line is: increase the capabilities of the poor so that they can take care of themselves. Giving away anything, except in emergency, is a waste. But where are the institutions to make the poor more capable? The real question.

  39. radixwatch profile image60
    radixwatchposted 5 years ago

    I think it's best to give education, knowledge and how to work

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, education is of great help. But for that society or the government has to come forward and take initiative. Businesses will be always busy maximizing their profits and catering to those who have money.

  40. rohanfelix profile image91
    rohanfelixposted 5 years ago

    Teaching some useful life skill to a poor person is a meaningful way to empower him/her for life. Atleast that's what I believe.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Rohan, We need institutions that empower the poor and a change in the attitude of the society so that poor are not excluded, but accepted as other people with money.

  41. ratnaveera profile image66
    ratnaveeraposted 5 years ago

    Giving money is not only the way to help poor. You can help them in their studies, medical expenses and other basic needs of life. Giving money to such people will give only temporary help for them.

  42. Baybro24 profile image61
    Baybro24posted 5 years ago

    Money can help a poor person for a little while but providing them with some key informations on how to become successful (Giving them step by step instructions) and an opportunity to make it on their own, is the best way to help those people.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. Empowerment is the best way to help the poor. This way they can come out of poverty for ever. Charities, food and other goods are just fire-fighting short term measures - not long term solutions.

  43. L.M. Hosler profile image94
    L.M. Hoslerposted 5 years ago

    Maybe a better way to help the poor is to become a mentor especially of young children. Poverty seems to be a learned cycle and mentoring someone whether adult or child on a 1-1 basis is probably a good way. You can help an adult learn to read, drive, help with proper clothing for job interviews and transportation.  Once they are working and have money, you can further help them with budgeting their money in a responsible way. But just handing someone money teaches them nothing. Of course, it doesn't hurt to see that they have food also while mentoring them.
    As for charities, I have worked with two non-profit organizations. Both do some good, but too much money goes to the management, CEO, managers and down the line. Check out what some top managers of non profit organizations make. Then you will see where the money really goes.
    When you personally help someone you can see and control where your money is spent.

  44. carlarmes profile image65
    carlarmesposted 5 years ago

    Many people can be helped with a good education and financial help but some people will always be poor, not every person has the intelligence to improve their situation. There are people in the UK for instance where you could give them a £1000 a week in benefits and they would still end up being poor.

  45. suzettenaples profile image88
    suzettenaplesposted 5 years ago

    Of course not, but money does help provide the programs to fight poverty.  So, it is not a bad idea to give money, but time, effort and support working or volunteering for these programs are just as important and worthy.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      How about having development policies that ensure work or jobs to all? If the development system is creating poverty, as in the US, no amount of money or charity can ever eliminate poverty. Poverty also reflects unjust development.

  46. welch moore profile image60
    welch mooreposted 5 years ago

    No, money is a tool. teach a child how to fish and when he need fish.He can go the stream and catch fish

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Certainly. Increasing capability is the best way to help weak or poor. But I fail to understand why 15% people live in poverty even in the US which can dump trillions of dollars to wage wars. Something is certainly wrong with the economic model.

  47. healthyfitness profile image80
    healthyfitnessposted 5 years ago

    No, absolutely not. Education is the key. If you give a million dollars to an idiot, he's going to blow it in a month, not invest it and save it. Education and healthcare comes first and then everything else.

  48. Midorinkashi Stha profile image59
    Midorinkashi Sthaposted 5 years ago

    practically yes, maybe for a short term,

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately, poverty is not a temporary suffering. How about creating a system where the poor are not discriminated or excluded and people have assurance of some help when they are ignored.

  49. M K Paul profile image75
    M K Paulposted 5 years ago

    Only money can't help poor people...The emotional support is also needed.

    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sure, emotional support is a great help that we can offer individually. But when poverty is so widespread, we have to think about having a development system that is job-oriented and people-centered.

  50. profile image0
    cjaroszposted 5 years ago
    1. Goodpal profile image90
      Goodpalposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great hub on helping people.


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