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Stop Donating Money and Food


I think most of us are familiar with the saying "Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime."

On the same note, I am very surprised with all the donations of food and money being sent to third world countries. I am not saying to stop feeding starving people. What I am saying is that it is better to find ways so that we won’t have to continuously donate our money and food.


The best way to help the people of a very poor country is to stimulate the local economy there. For instance, starting a business in or doing business with these countries would create jobs. These jobs would be better, because they would permanently help pull the poor out of poverty.

The second option would be to take vacations in these poor countries. These countries would greatly appreciate the extra income from tourism. They even treat tourists much better than a lot of other countries too.

Third, hire people from these countries into other countries where jobs are plentiful. A lot of businesses would appreciate an influx of cheap and legal workers, such as farms.

Another alternative is to move to these countries. Since it is cheaper to live in poorer countries, retirees would be the perfect candidates to move to these countries. As more citizens with money live in these poorer countries, the local economies would be better stimulated.

These ideas are just a few methods of stimulating the economies of poor nations. So next time you consider donating money or food, please consider a longer term solution to the problem.

by Phil for Humanity
on 01/18/2008

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