Begging - to give or not to give? That is the dilemma

  • Cute kids, scrappy kids, scruffy kids, mothers holding crying, malnourished babies, children with disabilities we, should we, must we, give them money? What if they're persistent? What harm could do this if we did, and if we didn't? What alternatives are there? How can we still help them, but not encourage the practice, which in many cities in Asia are run by syndicates exploiting, abusing and even trafficking children?

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    @emiedecastro Thanks for sharing, Emie! I like how you've customised your giving so as not to be taken advantage of. You inspire me to be creative in the way that I give to others. Thanks so much for that!

  • I do give to the poor and the sick but i do not perpetuate begging. When I see beggars but still do have a physique like an athlete, then, I really do not give any dime, but, when I see aged people I usually give alms and food as it automatically resonates in me the feeling that they are neglected by their loved ones. And, at times young children who rode on jeepneys (here in the Philippines), I don't give money but gave biscuits/bread instead. But, one great Filipino culture we have is giving without complaints the ethnic groups who usually came down from the mountains during Christmas time when they came house to house asking for food, clothes, blankets, bags, cooking pot, etc.

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    I used to work in a global charity that organised many overseas visits for child sponsors to visit their kids in developing countries, where there are many children begging on the streets. They'd knock on our car doors while we were stuck in traffic in Phnom Penh, and try to sell souvenirs, newspapers, water... Our stance has always been to ***not*** buy or give cash, because there are syndicates running these 'businesses' and they profit from these kids. 😞 So to give them money is to encourage these syndicates to continue leeching off these children. An alternative would be to donate to a legit charity working in that region/ area, that can work to solve these economic and social issues long-term. Of course, that'd take time, but it's worth the investment. 🙂

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