Why can't we always help people to help themselves?After the disastrous "Gaja" cyclone, life in many fertile parts of Tamil Nadu has come to a grinding halt. All the food, water, and other essential commodities given by voluntary agencies are simply excellent. One does hope that such help extends and reaches the remotest of villages very badly affected.
Still, there are very serious questions. For example, the great Superhero Rajnikant, whose net worth is some Rs.70,000 crores is so stingy when it comes to donating money and is absolutely no match to the legend called MGR who would reach every single spot of disaster, even when he was an actor and directly give his money to hundreds of people. Rajnikant's followers have done something and they have collected materials worth two crore rupees and given it to the poor. Our superhero, who wants to become Chief Minister, does not have the time to visit any affected area, till today!!!
This brings us to more fundamental questions: can we not form trusts with such donations, and help the people to also have secondary sources of income, so that when everything is gone, they have something to fall back upon? For example, there is a huge demand for reasonably priced jute bags all over the world. The poorest of the poor can be easily trained by such trusts, which should be financed by voluntary donations from the rich. In this fashion, when there is some additional income, the havoc that happens to their lives in one way or the other can be minimized.
Why can't we do this, Pan-India? The Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) students, who specialize in community development, identify people who need support in terms of training and then systematically develop themselves?