Originally Posted by Bens-Hens
AT least if you know how they are doing it you can work towards closing up the weak points.
Could take the other extreme and just give them some produce once a week, maybe to an elder. I know your stocks might not be able to support it right now but it's something you could work towards, maybe a processed rooster and a dozen eggs on Sunday after church or something. Then if you catch them tea leafing stop the donation and tell the elder.
Might work to stop biting the hand that gives, in addition you are helping out a few folk in hard times.
I really wish it was that easy.
The society is not tribal where elders have a part in the discipline of the group.
This is the toughest thing to explain but honestly that does not work. I know you served in Afghanistan Ben so you have seen huge disparities between haves and have nots but living it is a different world. We have to help in a way that it does not look like its coming out of our pocket as we would be flooded with requests that we could not fulfill.
There is not starvation, just hunger.
I am not sure I am explaining this right. I love the country as it is my own. We do a lot of philanthropic work and give a decent sum of cash and a lot of time to helping the less fortunate. We train locals in building skills so they can work elsewhere, We help at schools to keep students attending and we participate in ensuring more than 1000 at risk kids get a dose of protein each day. Mrs Oz has performed 10000 eyes exams on school children. I have done 1000 Electrocardiograms on adults. We have faciitated the donation of medical equipment and then trained the staff how to use it.
The Philippines is the land of "the shortcut". From politicians down its always about what can I get for myself now.
We need to teach sustainability. I am putting half of all the eggs our chickens are laying into the incubator and breeding muscovy ducks for that purpose. I want to try and teach them that they have to plan for the future and a pullet is either a food source for 4 people once or a food source for one for years. I would rather help some locals start a business raising birds than giving them some adobo.