by Tim Long
I spoke to Kieran this morning about why our help may not be helping anyone.
I recently heard a great question – Do you want to go help, or do you want the people to be helped?
That puts things into perspective – and it helps you discover the true motivations for a potential trip to a developing nation. If the trip is more about you than it is about the long term effects you will have, that’s okay. Be honest about that. But also be honest about the risk of damage to the people living in the poorer countries you wish to help.
Kieran from Words That Bring Life lists four main reasons:
- It’s not sustainable
- It creates a messiah complex
- It’s damaging to children
- It doesn’t provide people what they actually need
Read the full blog here.