A big mistake that people make when giving to the poor.
There are billions of people in this world that are kind and generous. We thank God for them. However, there are many people who also love to take advantage of them. Watch the following video from Fox News.
Can this happen among orphans and poor communities? YES! I have been caring for orphans for many years now and I grew up as an underprivileged child myself. There are many poor people in need. But there are many also whose relatives could take care of them but they don’t because they want orphanages and poverty alleviation organizations to spend the money. They may do this in many ways. Here are just two of them:
1) They may deceive the organization that the child is an orphan when one or both parents are alive and living in another city, town or village. Some people do this because besides saving them money, their children may stand a better chance at succeeding in life if they are put in the right orphanage. Perhaps, a foreigner may befriend them and take them abroad or pay for them to go to the university or even marry them!
2) An orphan who has lost both parents is presented by relatives as poor even though the relatives themselves are capable of taking care of the child. The only reason they don’t do it is because they know that there are organizations that would spend the money so that they can save theirs. Sometimes, there may actually be family resources left behind by the deceased parents that could provide for the children’s needs. Note: Not all orphans need to be helped. There are some orphans who have enough resources left by their parents to take care of them. Those don’t need to be helped.
A big mistake that people make when giving to the poor is to think that every poor person needs financial help! That’s usually because people haven’t learned how to diagnose the problem before solving it.