Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8, 2011 9:00 AM--Foreign Aid

Many Americans and people in other developed countries often give aid and send money to developing countries like Uganda.  These people think they are helping those who are less fortunate than them.  But what they don’t know is that they are not really helping anyone.  In fact, they are destroying the economies of these developing countries.  All of this aid also gives the wrong stereotypical image of white people (or foreigners in general).  For example, many missionaries have come to Uganda since it became a country fifty years ago.  They give a lot of money, build schools and churches and then two weeks or a month later they are gone, feeling like they did this great thing for the world.  What they don’t know is that they are just giving them money and not helping the local people help themselves.  Developing economies get used to having money just given to them and if foreign aid wasn’t there, the economy might fall apart.  Also, in many communities, if any foreigners come in to try to help, they are expected to bring money.  Many other Peace Corps volunteers have a hard time accomplishing anything in their communities, because they are seen as nothing other than a bank.  Peace Corps volunteers are not here to give money.  We are here to make things sustainable.  But the last fifty years of missionaries can make this a challenging task.

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