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What's the best way to help the needy in developing countries?

by Carolyn Hopping (follow)
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While some parts of the world are extremely affluent, in many other places people are struggling desperately just to make ends meets, with some facing the added challenges of war, famine and displacement.

While many people want to help others who are struggling with abject poverty, it's sometimes difficult to know what the most effective way to assist is. What do you think is the best way to help people in this situation - through financial aid, volunteering skills or some other form of assistance.

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I do not trust most of the people who are raising money for overseas.
I therefore would not give money to any of these organisations.

I do however volunteer 3 days a week, and manage an op shop, the money from which goes to both local children, and overseas. However, once again, I am sometimes annoyed at the amount of money that gets spent to run the organisation.
by Finy
I think giving them the tools to help themselves is the best way to help. This can be done through financing with micro-loans, through education and teaching vital skills that have been lost during years of war and turmoil.
Buying fair trade goods is also a great way to support indigenous farmers.
I am sceptical about how much money actually gets to people through donations, so I think volunteering is best. The best form of volunteering would to be to actually go to the country and help on a personal level - building for example.
Sponsoring a child through organisations such as World Vision or Vrindavan Food for Life is a great way to make a difference in the lives of children, their families and communities.

I also like to buy fair trade gifts from the awesome Oxfam gift shops. By purchasing their beautiful handcrafted wares shoppers can help the artisans provide for their families, and help communities to escape the cycle of poverty.

Volunteering skills through organisations such as Community Aid abroad are also a wonderful way to make a difference.
Get rid of their corrupt governments & install people who'll distribute the money where it's needed most!
It is better to make community. and collect the money by making dramas, or activities, picnic Programmes and which is remaining to send to the aid, poor orphanage, we here in kuwait do the same thing. its blessing from God. people will understand it is for for the AID..
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