Day 107: Giving Money to Street Kids is Not a Good Idea

Before I thought I was being generous to them but thinking about it “practically” is not doing them any good. I know it sounds selfish but consider the fact that these kids should learn how to find other means of earning rather than just extending their arms, pout, and beg for money.

I was in Cebu that time. The mass ended and I strolled around Magellan’s cross. A few kids came over and asked for alms. Of course, I gave the girl a ten-peso coin. I smiled and I felt so happy because I really thought I was being unselfish. Then, more kids flocked over me as if I was “rich” or something. Hands multiplied and I could not stand it anymore. Good thing a security guard shooed them off. ๐Ÿ˜•

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Think of it this way, there are negative effects ย if we give them money (well, we would usually think we are helping them), in fact, we’re not. I’d rather give them food than money. One kid even hit my back because I gave him my last five-peso coin. Sheesh. ๐Ÿ™ Talk about doing good to society, I was actually worsening the condition. Lesson learned. ๐Ÿ™

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  1. Tsk tsk…I could not agree more. I don’t give money to them, too. In fact, no one knows if there’s someone just “using” them.

  2. correct! hopefully they will learn their lesson :/

  3. Cebu is a very hardened place with hardened people I find- very different from the rest of the people I’ve met all over the Philippines, although those who dwell in the hinterlands of Bicol eye passers-by with suspicion as well. I wrote an entry before on the very different Filipinos you meet when you travel our shores- very unlike the one we always try to project to the world, the happy-go-lucky, fun Pinoy. I’m just saying that we come in all colors, shapes, sizes, personalities. Poverty is everywhere, which makes us not want to travel here in a way. Sa ibang bansa nalang para hindi na natin maramdaman ang hirap ng buhay ng marami habang nage-enjoy tayo. “To give or not to give”- that’s a tough decision, until you see the money grubby hands and the able parents / adults hiding around the corners waiting for their children to hand over the cash.

  4. People grow up differently and it usually depends on their environment. Siguro we could not blame them for being that way. I think I should be more considerate pero because of them being so abusive parang it made me think twice. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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