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. 😕
Think of it this way, there are negative effects 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. 🙁 Talk about doing good to society, I was actually worsening the condition. Lesson learned. 🙁