Learn how donating to the wrong organization enables human victimization.

Do you ever wonder where your money goes when you donate to a charity?

You’d like to believe it goes to doing the most good, right? Bringing resources like food and fresh water to the communities that need it most. Well, chances are, if it’s an honest charity, it does provide those needed resources.

Those charities are able to transform donations into food, water, clothing, educational materials, and medicine.

But what if I told you that simply giving resources to a developing community often does more harm than good?

Not Simply Giving

Imagine an aid project that delivered clean water. They ship in pallets of bottled water and distribute it. Day after day, the villagers line up to receive their water. Then, one day… there are no more bottles.

The villagers line up, but they are left in need. Organizations like this do not create change – they only reinforce dependence. They never teach the community how to do it for themselves.

Until someone teaches you these things, you can only rely on what you currently know, and that’s the most dangerous part. It keeps you reliant. It keeps you a victim of your circumstances.

Lack of knowledge keeps people from moving forward and breaking their existing cycles. For people in developing countries, those needs involve everyday necessities. This lack of knowledge is what keeps them in the cycle of reliance on continuous donations. It prevents them from ever rising above the circumstances into which they were born.

And don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about giving. But what happens between the supply drops and the outreach visits? What about when airlines shut down? Or when political turmoil prevents accessibility to these areas? Who do these people rely on in those times? How do the supplies get to where they are needed?

Quite often, charities will raise money for an organization that is a single outreach. A team raises awareness and gets funding. They go and build housing or a school, then they leave. None of the leaders or organizers remain in the area to assist with any kind of follow-up. Without trained leaders to maintain it, it quickly deteriorates.

So how do you fix this continual problem of generational reliance?

Teach self-sufficiency.