Share tips on how to select really needy orphans.
All that glitters is not gold. All who look poor are not poor. They may be poor when compared to western standards, but are they poor enough to deserve help? We will share with you how to select orphans. Not every child who looks poor in an African village needs help. The mistake many people make is to go and indiscriminately gather children to help. They do this because many of the children don’t have shoes and look poor. These people may have a good heart, good intentions, but easily make mistakes and waste efforts.
The majority of people in rural Africa look very poor, but that doesn’t mean that they need someone from the West to sponsor them. Many people have land, grow their own crops and have enough food to eat, money to send their kids to local schools etc. Their children may grow up to be farmers like them without much education. But that isn’t a reason to go take their children and send them to school to become like us. There are different ways of introducing development into such communities. There is great beauty in simplicity. A civilized society with tall skyscrapers and booming healthcare industry may not necessarily be the best way to live.
The lifestyles of these local people may involve hard work on the farms. But so do the lifestyles of cowboys and farmers in the West. Looking dirty and pitiful doesn’t always mean needing help. Many of our staff have grown up in these poor African communities and know how to select the really suffering kids. We will share their knowledge to help you serve better. Another trap that people frequently fall into is that they are deceived by unscrupulous local people to take their relatives and sponsor them. They do this because they think money is easy to come by abroad. In their minds, they say “Who will pay for their kid’s tuition when someone else can do that?” So, sometimes they tell lies and pretend and an untrained person easily falls for it. There are many poor people around the world. Help is truly needed. But the key is to give the right kind of help, the right amount of help, at the right time, and for the right length of time.
Right now, millions of orphans around the world are actually being hurt by good hearted people giving them handouts. Handouts cause some people to keep their relatives poor to use them to receive help. It makes many poor people plain lazy. Some single mothers/fathers choose the free help they can get than to go to the farm so that they can have something to eat and help their kids. Others who would otherwise help their nephews and nieces who are orphans don’t want to do it because they know someone else is willing to do it — all they need to save their money is wait a little while and parade their nieces and nephews as desperate orphans. Then an orphanage will take them and give them good food and education. But deep in their hearts, if there was no orphanage, they will live with their relatives and take care of them.