You Can Change The World
Its been quite a while since I posted last time. I heard a few of my friends saying that this blog is becoming more like a business blog. So I thought of divulging from the routine process, giving you some insight about the art of charity. Moreover I need to target people who are already in the “Living Rich” state and moving towards “Die Poor” state. So a next few posts of mine would be on altruistic movements.
There are various methods in which you can show your affection towards mankind. You can feed the poor, target the various health issues, provide drugs in war places, help recovery activities in places of earthquakes, bomb blasts etc. Or you can fund children for their education, work towards elimination of child labor. I can go on adding to the never ending list.
You can choose one or more of these depending on your financial status and the network of friends and relations you have. You also need to be aware of the negative implications due to charity. For example if you feed the poor regularly, they become lazy or dependent on you; or if u fund for the recovery activities there are possibilities that the money gets into the wrong hands and the purpose would not be solved.
In order to be successful in your efforts first you will have to form a group of like minded and effective people around you. You should have a longer reach in the society, able to convince people that you wouldn’t go wrong. Charity is a delicate issue. If people didn’t get a good impression on you, no matter how far you go, you will have a lot of setbacks and your time to achieve your goal will be enormous. So drive your intentions right from the beginning.
Another thing you can do is, instead of concentrating on a particular problem, try targeting the actual cause of that problem.
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
To be clearer lets take an example: Instead of spending billions and billions in developing a vaccine/cure for AIDS (which seems to take several more years) one can educate people about various methods of preventing it. Next one would be a more appropriate example; instead of serving the poor with food and shelter, you can target the unemployment. Or you can have good, wider roads with medians and proper sign boards rather than helping accident victims. These might seem foolish or a bit rude, but on the long run these will be much more effective. Besides there are lot of others who are actually doing their bit on the aftermath issues.
Rich people start their own foundations to involve themselves in philanthropic activities. By doing so they have control on what others do and watch if others move in the same direction as his/her vision. Bill Gates by imposing a few conditions controls the research on medication for AIDS. Since the research is delayed by far from the expected, Gates told the different organizations that all of them should share their results – no matter what the outcome of the analysis is. If not the grant towards the research would be stopped.
People who are less fortunate can also donate. Instead of money they can donate stuff, which are no longer useful to them, to the Goodwill centers, Orphanages, Old Age Homes etc. or they can start their own Good Samaritan houses.
All depends on how much time, money and effort you can spend towards achieving your goal.