In this article from Slate.com, Jillian Keenan examines how giving money to child beggars fuels a cycle of poverty and violence. It’s a great read for any traveler. And, I think especially poignant for those who have seen Slumdog Millionaire.
I also want to spread information like this that illuminates the need to consider carefully the actions we take. Good intentions only go so far. Investigative journalism, scientific research, and thorough analysis all work to make our world a better place. To reference Schoolhouse Rock, it’s great to learn, because knowledge is power. In this case, it’s the power to make informed choices and affect meaningful change.
For more on the complexities of giving money to child beggars, check out the full article at http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/09/giving_money_to_child_beggars_don_t_do_it.html