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Lise Quintana

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How do you give lasting help to those who most need it?

If you see a man passed out drunk at the side of the road, or a woman in distress in the street, what can a person do, right then and there, to give meaningful help? Give money? Take them home and feed them? Give them a job somewhere? Does that even work? So many people are suffering as institutional systems to help them break down, but what can ordinary people do to fill in that gap? So many people are suffering for very complex reasons that a single meal or a day's wages can't solve, and a mere kind word can't even touch, and I believe that's one reason why so few people even try to effect a change, and yet our economy is throwing more people into this situation by the day.

What can we do right now for the next person we see suffering that would be truly meaningful?

Topics: philanthropy
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    Nov 4 2011: like Peter pointed out, giving people resources is a short term(but sometime necessary)and less meaningful approach.One thing to add is to be aware of what are some of those beliefs I have in my mind about a woman in distress in the street and how those beliefs speak through my behaviors towards her(or them). And I would think to treat them equally as a human being not a passive helpee is very important.

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