is giving selfish?
How could giving to kids on the street be selfish? Just-one is a hands-on organisation in Nepal and every day they see the consequences of people’s good intentions. Try to put yourself in the place of these vulnerable young children…
– I need reasons to get off the streets – not to stay on them!
– I’m too young to know that any of the nice things you may kindly give me will only encourage me to continue begging on the street – which is no place for a child like me.
– I just don’t realise that all the Nepali rupees, biscuits, fruit, coca-cola, sandwiches, clothing, pencils, new shoes, friendly chats, heartfelt hugs and all the other nice things that many generous people give me every day, will do nothing more than keep me on these very dangerous streets!
– Here on the street many other kids like me get trapped into destructive and violent lives of petty-crime, drugs and prostituion. Each extra day that I’m encouraged to spend here, by people like you, the chance of the same thing happening to me increases and any hope of the better life that you might wish for me gets smaller and smaller.
– With an endless flow of kind tourists I choose to stay here, but once I am no longer cute enough to beg from people like you, I will eventually be trapped in a hopeless life of hardship.
– You might feel a little better about a sad situation, but I promise you it will not help me!
That’s the tough reality for kids on the street – by tossing them the odd coin or piece of fruit you are encouraging them to continue and hampering the work of local organisations like Just-one, who can offer these children long-term support.
Just-one is The Intrepid Foundation’s newest community project and we’re pleased to be able to support a non-government organisation that is so passionate about providing real solutions for Nepal’s vulnerable children. Just-one focuses on greater stability, support, education and vocational training for disadvantaged children, including street kids and those living with their impoverished families or those required to work for a living.
If you really want to help the children of Nepal and other countries, remember that whatever you choose to do will also influence the kids and the choices that they make. Just-one urges us not to forget that giving can be selfish!