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More Than Skin Deep: The Importance Of Long-Term Charity.

January 3, 2019 by  
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(ThySistas.comWhen you live in a busy city, encountering homeless people is something which will happen to you on a daily basis. A lot of people react in much the same way to people like this, offering spare change to support them through their difficult circumstances. In reality, though, this sort of giving is often as the result of guilt. It doesn’t really help the person on the street, as they need long-term support, and this applies to most of the charity giving you’ll find in the modern world. To give you an idea of what makes giving someone more time so important, this post will be exploring the benefits which this sort of route can provide.

Rebuilding Takes Time

When something bad has happened to a person or a place, the process of rebuilding and making life normal again can often take a very long time. It takes more than simply giving people the tools they need to get started to finish the job. A lot of charitable efforts start out with good intentions, but never last long enough to reach the end goal, and this is a shame. Organisations like Cane Bay Partners are different. Instead of choosing new causes whenever they please, they commit to providing long-term support to those they work with, ensuring that the problems at play actually get solved.

Things Need To Settle

A lot of the world’s biggest charitable efforts all revolve around issues like natural disasters and war. When people are displaced from their homes, they have to look to others to help them, and this will last for a long time. For example, in a lot of countries which have faced civil war, there will be a long-term power balance at play for several years after the conflict has died down. This will stop people from accessing food, water, and other crucial resources, simply because the dust hasn’t settled yet. In the case of something like an immunisation, halting an epidemic is never cause to stop giving people treatments.

Solutions Create New Problems

Finally, as the last area to consider, the solutions which charities provide don’t always leave a place unmarked. Instead, in some cases, the impact which a charity can have will be negative, even if this wasn’t the initial aim. For example, in places going through conflict, leaving aid for normal people can see resources being stolen and controlled by aggressive parties. While this is rare, this sort of issue could put a lot of people at risk. The only way to manage this is if the charity sticks around, giving out aid as it sees fit, rather than leaving it in a compromising position.

With all of this in mind, you should have a better understanding of the important of long-term charity work. Far too many groups make their focus too small when they are taking on this sort of work, viewing a problem as solved with the first success they have. In reality, though, most problems don’t solve themselves, and this makes it essential for work to continue.

Staff Writer; Shelia Shaw


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