Mike On Purpose

Finding purpose in the twenty-first century

Don’t give money to child beggars

Posted by mikeonpurpose on October 1, 2013


This article from Slate Magazine explains why, no matter how much child beggars might break your heart when you see them as you travel through a developing country, you should never give money or gifts to them. There are alternative ways of channeling financial or other kinds of support to the people in local communities, through working with community groups, giving to charities, volunteering, or working for social and economic justice–which this article touches on here and there (it also mentions micro-loans, which I have some problems with, but that’s another matter altogether). But giving money directly to child beggars unfortunately feeds into a system of human trafficking and mistreatment of children, it disrupts families and communities and does not empower the people who you want to help.

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