“We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa
We often get asked how to help the poor. At some point in our lives, we want to help the poor. Most of the time, we don’t do anything at all. Perhaps we are ashamed of helping the poor, perhaps we don’t know how to, perhaps we can’t.
Here are some ways to help to people;
Direct monetary help: find someone who is in need of money and just give them a few hundred/thousands of rupees. Just make sure that the needy will not waste the money and use it wisely. Alternatively you buy the things they need.
Get them clothes: there are many who can’t afford decent clothes. You find the people who wants some clothes (in Bihar, you don’t have to go very far) and offer to buy clothes for them. There is nothing less dignified than not having clothes.
Give food: offer to give grains for a month to a poor family. You can give a bag of rice or wheat directly to a poor family and let them know that they will get another one when they finish.
Sponsor an orphan: visit an orphanage and donate some gifts to the children. Most cities in India have one. Here is a list for you to see. Bihar has its own share of orphans. http://www.indianorphanages.net/orphanage/orphanages.html
Make a house for the homeless: you can build a house for the homeless poor. A mud house can go a long way for those who don’t have a house.
Give the poor water: find an area where there is scarcity of water or lack of clean drinking water. You can get a hand pump installed.
Provide medical care: in India, the rich has their medical care taken care of, the super rich goes to the USA for treatment. What about those who die without any medical treatment whatsoever. Find the poor who needs medical treatment and get them treated.
Provide education: many children have to work as labourers to survive missing out on vital education. Pick a child and provide them education, get them admitted to a school, buy them books, offer to send a few hundred rupees every month. Talk to their parents and express your desires to help.
If you are feeling like helping the poor, don’t be ashamed. Do what you can. Help those who are weak and marginalized in society.
More ideas welcome.
Please share more ideas for helping the poor. You ideas are important.
I like to thank you Shalu ji for philanthropic discussion. I think most important thing how we can help a poor by helping him/her with employment. Shalu ji, you can not able to provide money or food or clothings every time, In my opinion if they got employed so that they can earn and live on there own.
Neeraj ji, you make an important point. If one is not able to help financially then any other help will be welcome even assisting someone in employment. Thank you. Great point.
I feel that we can also provide vocational education to the poor to help them in setting up their own ventures like cottage industries etc.
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Gaurav, great points. There is no better gift than the gift of education. Money will last a days, months perhaps but education will be with the receiver for life.
Women and Philanthropy will enable us to provide meaningful opportunities for the poor. I congratulate you for your points here.
Impressive suggestions. Clearly, there is a need to find a sustainable way to provide finance at the bottom of the pyramid. In India, the microfinance model is in tatters and the poor givernance exhibited by some of the microfinance institutions. This has only led the poor to go back to the clutches of the local moneylenders.
Give out blankets and sheets to the poor people. It is very sad to see a homeless person sleeping on the streets with no blankets. Helping them will make a big difference. You can also donate blankets and linens to thrift stores and good will.