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How can I (or anybody) help people begging for money on streets?

I am a college student and want a idea that i can spread among educated people about how they can help people(beggars) and improve their life. We(my team) are thinking of organising a social event with a aim of helping street beggars by making them aware and planning out a solution to tell people how they can contribute.Its going to happen in India.


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    Sep 9 2013: Let me start by saying that begging is illegal in india the main reason reason why begging is still thriving is because of poverty and unemployment and two because of a lack of a central Act that governs begging. if you are held for giving alms at traffic signals you could be fined Rs 1,000. But why one can still see beggars at traffic signals,bus stands,temples,railway stations etc etc etc because indian police cannot regulate each and every street so people should stop giving money to beggars.
    Bangalore which is capital of Karnataka has a the Beggars' Rehabilitation Centre (known better as Beggars' Colony) where people found begging on streets will be dropped in to this colony. People inside this colony describe it as living hell as it lacks basic amenities , unhygienic food, dirty drinking water so beggars bribe the authorities and come back to streets.
    Secondly i think Instead of just providing beggars with food or shelter won't solve the problem we should train these people with certain skills so that they can earn money like any small scale industrial training such as tailoring etc so they can meet their basic needs.
    There are many NGO working for this cause try seeking help from these people if you are planning a event it will be a lot easier .
    • Sep 9 2013: karthik, we know their is a problem existing.Begging is not legal but if we want a developed country throwing these beggars out is not the solution.What we are looking for is a solution at college level or individual level that may help them.Whenever a beggar come to me i get a dilemma whether to give or not.If yes then how long it will be continued? and if not what else can i do to help them being a person living better life then they are?
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        Sep 9 2013: Who said throwing out beggars is a solution? Not only developing countries has beggars even developed countries has beggars. There is no solution at college level of individual level .
        From what i have seen there are two types of beggars ones who are physically challenged and two who are physically fit for the first set of people we can setup shelter homes provide them with food and basic amenities for the second set of people one should not give money and instead job opportunities can be provided to them like help them to get a job in a local factory, help them set up newspaper stand or something like that as i said this kind of problems cannot be solved by a single individual a set of volunteers with same motive should come together to fight for a cause.
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          Sep 11 2013: Is newspaper stand or factory work the best of "their" capabilities? How many times do you believe someone should be forced to reset their "corporate ladder" (money) button? I strongly believe many are capable of learning just as we all are. The problem arises when the knowledge becomes meaningless to benefit themselves and others. It is wasted because only the people in those higher positions are able to put what they know to something concrete (competition). There is a limit of personnel in these higher positions many of us experience. Call it good luck maybe?

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