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No doubt those beautiful people who post these links have the best of intentions, and really want to do what they can to help out those who are less fortunate.
Nonetheless we need to think clearly and critically about what kind of initiatives we support, lest we do more harm than good.
The organisation described above by no means marks a new phenomenon – lots of organisations and campaigns provide ways for people to donate goods, both new and used, to less fortunate people in situations of poverty. No doubt a child with shoes is better off than a child without them. Same goes for a shirt or school supplies. It can’t be denied that enterprises which facilitate these donations do good things.
But is the good outweighed by harmful side effects?
Sticking with the example of shoes, there are numerous issues. Perhaps the most crucial is Read the rest of this entry