Date: Friday, December 25th 2015
Format: General Discussion.
Participants (from 11 countries):
Bangladesh: Mohiuddin | USA: Rick, Jami | Argentina: Johny | Iran: Behnam, Taregh, Noorola, Rojhano | Tunisia: Marwa, Amine | Pakistan: Ayisha, Roya | Algeria: Bilal, Djamila | Morocco: Imad, Aziz | Brazil: Leandro | Malaysia: Faten | Egypt: Hassan
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
There are people who have extra and are living a comfortable and posh life whereas there are those who barely have the minimum for surviving each day.
What can you, a person who doesn't have a lot of money or resources, do to help the poor and needy? More than you think. Most youngsters and adults are blessed with the creativity and intelligence to find ways to help others despite the limited resources.
There are many ways to help the poor; here are some ideas from our participants:
- Provide job opportunities: there are many people who either don’t have a job or they have a low-paying job so if we provide them with opportunities to have a good income maybe they can raise their standard of living.
- Provide services for them: sometimes people just need the basics to lift themselves out of poverty, such a housing, health services and vocational opportunities. This will give them a chance to contribute and become a part of society as well as achieve their dreams.
- Provide them with some land for agriculture so they can grow crops and become self-sufficient.
- Provide them with free education: most poor are illiterate and proving them with free education so they can stop being illiterate would help them tremendously.
- Identify their skills: Having a center or a place where they can go to assess their skills to understand what people can do, would be helpful for the community. Because everyone has skills regardless of their nationality, economic situation, gender, religion, illiterate or not.
- For people who need religion in order to do good deeds in this world, they’d need to be a bit more attached to their religion in order to help the poor. In some cases our religious beliefs do compel us to help others less fortunate them ourselves.
- The change begins within our hearts: If we just care for one another, we can make a big change in this world. People wouldn’t have to suffer hunger or from any other needs because this planet has enough to provide to each and every human being.
- Equity is the key: If the rich (individuals and/or country) learn how to share, that could represent a huge help for the poor.
- The government plays an important role: One of the responsibilities of a government is to address the issue of poverty. If the government doesn’t do anything, the situation will only worsen.
- In countries where the poor are illiterate and don't have job opportunities but know how to stitch clothes, giving them sewing machines can help them so they can use it to earn income.
- The most important point: EMPOWER PEOPLE TO SUCCEED, TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AGAIN
There were many more ideas and discussion in this conference. Feel free to know more about what people have to say about this topic by listening to the recording file down below: