We Have To Move From Helping The Poor To Letting The Poor Help

Is there anything we can do that Kenya, Myanmar, Cambodian or Laos cannot?

Even though good intentions abound, we often seek to work for the poor or work with the poor and I know by doing this we suffocate local resourcefulness. By doing this we can further imbed poverty, that is the form of poverty that results when our friends already feel inadequate

Bad Boy Turned Good believes in impacting those within their own communities because each and every one of them has the potential to transform their own community from the inside out. When they take ownership, changes last and even multiples. Let us empower them into solving their own community problems. Let them be the ones who choose which community issues they want to work on. Those they help will become helpers themselves.

A simple idea we began with, was to introduce a “Savings Club”. The people, including mothers, fathers, kids of that particular community came together on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis and put a bit of saving into a community fund, we matched the amount paid in. Members then borrowed from this fund and pay it back with the smallest amount of interest that is later divided among the members. This way school fees are paid, children eat healthier food, young girls are taken out of prostitution and back into education and small businesses can be started… and who did it?

They did, they helped each other out.

This is the difference between a programme and a movement, A programme can lean towards being transactional… Movements are transformational with the basis to carry on as a collective journey.

Will you join me in developing such movements in Kenya, Cambodia & Laos?

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