"Help me, Help you, Help them!"
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
My goal in summary is the proverb above. There are times we are hesitant to give alms to the poor because we think that we are encouraging them to beg even more or we are afraid that they will come back for more. Whatever the reason may be, if you are someone who wants to help but does not have the time or the idea on how to genuinely help them, I would like to help you. I would like to help you care for others by helping me, help my fellow Filipinos by not just giving them money but by educating them, through assessing the needs of communities and creating workshops and programs that would empower the community and help the members to help themselves. I believe that helping should be more than feeding programs and handing out basic needs, we must guide and help them reach their full potential so that they can provide for themselves and their dependents.
Here are some information on the Philippines.
The Philippines has the 6th highest fertility rate in Asia with an estimated 3 children born per woman (2017). But for every 1000 babies born, 28 do not get to reach their fifth birthday (ADB, 2019)because of poor healthcare, lack of access to healthcare facilities, and the high poverty in the country. The Philippine Statistics Authority estimates that a family of five needs no less than Php 7,337/month or USD 140.48/month to provide their basic food needs. However, NOT INCLUDED in this estimate is the amount of money they need for other basic needs such as clothing, shelter, water and electricity, and education. Sadly, the minimum wage in the Philippines ranges from Php 211.76/day to 455.47/day depending on the type of job and it's location in the country. And with a high fertility rate, it is common for families in the Philippines to exceed 5 family members which would make things even harder for the breadwinners of a family who are earning a minimum wage.