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A “Hand Up”, not a “Hand Out”
The best way to help others help themselves
David Butler - A “Hand Up”, not a “Hand Out”

The Best Way to Help Others Help Themselves

What are the best, the most effective ways to assist people locally and in Developing Countries to be self-reliant and self-sufficient? Some would say by giving material aid. But really, is this always the preferred option? Can we inadvertently become part of the problem rather than being part of the solution? How important are relationships between communities?

David describes how we can assist others to build an image of what they can be, what they can become, and how we can assist them to make the changes in their lives. By enabling them to take control, their self-respect is enhanced and they in turn are enabled to assist others. Empowerment, not dependency, is the desirable outcome. Empowered people are able to empower others. Each one becomes a winner.

Solutions

  • How to help people to help themselves, to take control of their own lives.
  • How to help people whilst enabling them to retain their self-respect.
  • How to change paradigms and behaviour.
  • How we can confront our fears, welcome the stranger and relate as equals.
  • How to Make a Difference in people’s lives.
  • The best ways to assist people locally and in Developing Countries to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. How to assist them to build an image of what they can be, what they can become.
  • How we can help ourselves and our country through genuine friendships based on mutual respect for all.
  • How we can develop and enhance relationships with those who have different opinions or beliefs.
  • How we can appreciate, value and rejoice in the uniqueness and diversity of every person.
  • How we in our own small way can contribute to world peace, and sustain it.

Why is your book a resource for this problem?

Sometimes we can have very altruistic intentions, we can want to help people but not all ways are equally advantageous to the recipient, at least not in the long term.

Why are people in these situations? What are the causes? Often we will not know the complete answers to these questions but this does not prevent us from giving a "hand up"...