feeling guilty but constrained in helping others?

January 18, 2007 10:43pm CST
everytime i see kids and old vagrants running errands on the street asking for money/alms i have this instinct to help them by giving them money but our laws her prohibits a person to give alms to vagarants on the street(the anti mendicacy law)if you do so youll be aprehended...this law they say encourages donors and concern citizen to give their money to proper channels...but i now for a fact the our government is corrupt and i dont know where would my donations go if i give it to this institution...more guilt disturbs me everytime i see kids who are themselves asking alms on the street eating leftovers (dirty) from restaurants and trash cans...what sayeth you concernen citizens?
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3 responses
@xiongqh (792)
• Hong Kong
19 Jan 07
It is true, the government corruption will destroy the charity of people, we donate our money to help the others, but the officer take the money to their pocket. the people in trouble cannot get help. But we give money to the people that begged on the street, we cannot find all of them, we just can help someone. we must take the money for most of them by government's power. I think do it by some NGO funding is good way.
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
thanks for the opinion my dear friend...your right corruption indeed stains cahrity...peace to you..
@rachelcaron (1681)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I feel bad when I see people like that. How do you know who really needs the money. And if you give them money how do you know they will spend it on something useful?
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
yeah mam thats the same thing that also effects my decision to help...but same is defeated by the sight of/or predicament these poor people are into(thinking "if i was in their shoe" kind'a thingking)...but i cannot do any thing then guilt comes in...anyway thanks indeed for the opinion it is very well taken...peace!
@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
There are some laws that are begging to be broken.I am not suggesting you break it,but the bottom line is your conscience and how you see yourself. There seem to be times when it is better for all(but the law)to cut out the middle man and guarantee the monies get to the person,What they do with it is out of your control.