Should People Donate?

In a world divided in two as “rich” and “poor”, politicians still continue to talk about equality. While business men spend hundreds of dollars on meals in USA, children are dying of starvation in Africa. How can balance be expected in such polarization? In terms of being equal, richer countries can share their resources, food and aid supplies. But to what extent should that sharing be? Isn’t it a moral obligation to donate everything that is unnecessary? Garret Hardin, in “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor”, explains how donating is doing harm to both the giver and the receiver. It has been decades, even centuries since the rich began to help the poor. And has donation made a difference? However, Peter Singer in his “The Singer Solution to Poverty” claims everyone is guilty for the deaths of the poor unless they donate. Although many people think it is the best to help poor nations by donating money, aid supplies and providing food, while looking from a larger perspective, it is actually doing harm in long terms; so one should “teach a man how to fish” instead of “giving him a fish” to make more radical changes by sharing knowledge about food, health supplies, finances and education.
Donation to poor countries to reduce poverty has it’s benefits in short term notices. It can help a nation get through a rough time, bring a dying patient back to life, feed a hungry child. As Singer explains, only by donating $200, one can “help a sickly 2-year-old transform into a healthy 6-year-old —offering safe passage through childhood’s most dangerous years” (1999, par. 8, line 52). The World Hunger Relief Community, the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort, is trying to raise awareness and volunteerism in UN’s World Food Programme, with the quote “Together, we have the power to save lives and go from hunger to hope”. They encourage people to donate with tag lines such as “Give: $1 Feeds 4 Children”. The.