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  • debichan

    There's nothing better than helping those in need. What I have not seen in the few articles - mostly anecdotal - I have come accross on this topic, is any appraisal of what I consider to be several major factors in this approach.

    - how much benefit does simply monitoring behaviour have? If a family were given nothing but a periodic ongoing contact aiming to measure their welfare, this alone may effect a shift in behaviour toward accountability, reflections, comparisons of values etc

    - acknowledgement also goes along way. Communicating with an authority who has a genuine interest and concern for your welfare must have an effect also

    - if cash were received without explanation, anonymously, without overt monitoring of behaviour (of course privacy issues prevent this course of action in practice) would the outcomes be the same? e.g. if a bag with a small or large amount of money were found, or an inheritance or a gift, with no expectation to divulge facts to family or community, would different behaviour ensue?

    I am just interested in isolating what must be in itself a very complex set of factors. I think understanding these factors in behaviour would help a lot. I assume phychological studies have been done but it just occured to me here...

    A donation with an expectation that it will be used to improve welfare, I think the crucial thing here is the expectation, and the genuine sense of care and concern that comes with it.

  • Levon Roxx

    I am really happy to read this Article about " What I’ve Learned from Giving Directly to People in Need" , I think who ever see this post and comment on here are experienced social workers,Guys i am looking for your idea's -
    We have NGO called "helpPIN" Help People In Need.We are still new,and looking for ideas, we can develop and strength of the NGO,How to find new donors , sponsors (Lot of people out there who really do need our help,but as a new NGO its always hard to find donors) .We done few projects.Pls have a look, We do really appreciate your comments/Idea's

  • thedreambuildersproject

    We here at the Dream Builder's Project couldn't agree more. Putting help directly in the hands of those in need makes for faster results and more immediate help. Being able to hear the problem, see the problem, and correct the problem is fulfillment in itself. Eliminating third parties that might see the need in a different light is helpful to the people in need because who can tell you whats needed better than the person in need. Thank you for this post, its truly great.

  • Mayer Dahan

    This is awesome.

    This organization is very similar to the one that we started in November 2013. We too believe in giving directly to people in need rather than funneling our money through various third parties. We just had our first feed the homeless event in December and we hope that others will take what we did and do it within their communities as well.

    Here's the link to the video- enjoy!

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Great video Mayer. Looking forward to seeing more events from you. How can we get involved?

      • Mayer Dahan

        Hey Alessandra.

        I'm really happy and grateful you asked.

        I'm going to ask my team members to contact you directly so stay tuned!

  • adtcrow

    I am so happy to read this blog about giving directly to economically disadvantaged people. No truer words can be said than, "how could I possibly know more about the needs of a specific Kenyan farmer than she does herself" My organization, Threshold Collaborative, , brings the stories and ideas of resident experts, those living, working and going to school in our communities, front and center. Who knows better how to fix a local problem than they? Who knows better what large scale, top down initiatives work/don't work or can be changed to work better. People who live the issues need to be part of the solution. Let's not continue to marginalize them and their ideas. And let's do this in the US as well as the developing world!

  • marvinlzinn

    There is a lot less waste to directly give a person what they need, but that must also avoid what they want. I give good nutritious food, not junk, and certainly not money to buy cigarets or drugs.

    (I lived three years with a lot of beans and rice. All I could afford was one dollar per meal. Junk would have caused medical need, and I could not afford any insurance. Then I would have nothing for food at all!)

  • jlavelle

    I have been volunteering in Burundi for the past three years and will soon be going to Liberia and am very interested to know if there are any similar programs for either of these countries, especially for cooperative agriculture projects that employ conservation agriculture practices

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Thank you! Agreed, giving is this way is far more impactful when it goes DIRECTLY to the people. Been doing this since 2005 when I sold my house & possessions to create a literacy project in Belize. Always gave directly what I could through the project, constantly adapting and evolving it as I listened to locals tell me what they truly needed. Currently as the Lead Facilitator for Artfully Aware, we are collecting real stories from the Locals about Their potential, possibilities and projects. Our hope is that these projects and ideas as featured in the co-created books can then be replicated elsewhere. When the individuals & organizations share their stories 100% of the time they report to us feeling Empowered, Hopeful and Energized to keep going. Of course funds are needed too. If you want to see the co-created Kenya book, please msg me. Thank you again for contributing in a way that Truly Helps! Kudos!!!!

  • Allsn Walker

    I try and follow this ethos through my business Build Rwanda which gives directly to the projects we support. we also support indirectly by purchasing products from small businesses.

    • Maxwell Williams

      I love this approach, too, Craig. I think that transparency is such a key element to these charities, and something that's too often neglected. There is a sort of ouroboros plaguing charities: sometimes an approach doesn't work 100 percent, and donors want to know exactly where their money goes, and so charities tend to keep that information private, for fear that the donor won't be pleased with the results of where their donation goes. It must be held in the utmost importance to publicize the charity's efficacy, though, so problems can be ironed out and charities that aren't efficient can change their approach.