To gift or not to gift, that is the question.
With a little over two weeks until leave for, what I am sure will be an unforgettable journey, I have a dilemma burning a hole in my head.
Some people are telling me to bring gifts for the children I meet along the way; others are telling me that I shouldn’t; all that does is teach children to beg for things in life.
I swing between both viewpoints (the metaphorical swing people, I am NOT talking about the ‘adult parties’ haha) and agree with both sides in different ways.
I, like many others, give to charity when I can, though obviously this is becoming increasingly more difficult in the worlds current recession (blah blah blah, that’s enough boring adult talk) and Comic Relief last year raised a record-breaking amount which we, as a country, were incredibly proud of. But you wonder, how much of YOUR money actually goes to the people that NEED it? I know, I know, there are many things to be considered such as costs of transporting stuff etc, I’m just making a point.
This is what makes me want to bring some presents to make the children’s smiles even bigger if only for a short while.
BUT if all I can do is hand out some pencils and a few colouring books, is it really worth it?! I’m not fixing anything.
As the old saying goes ‘give a man a fish and he can feed his family for a day, teach him how to use a net and he can feed his family for a lifetime’ unless of course you live in England right now in which case it’s ‘give a man a face mask and he’ll take whatever the hell he likes without fear of punishment’ *sigh*
So I’m asking YOU what you think.
Do I take some pencils, colouring books (and maybe some bouncy balls because who the hell DOESN’T like bouncy balls) for the children and encourage their thoughts that Westerners are always going to give them hand outs or do I not take anything, look (and probably feel) like a selfish cow and come to the conclusion that Africa’s problems are far too big for just one person on an adventure holiday to deal with?
I REALLY need your help on this one guys and girls so start typing away in the comments…have you been to Africa and taken/not taken anything with you? Do you give to charity – why? Give me all you got! Except unhelpful nasty comments; you’ll just be deleted like the last time =)