Some people believe that charities should concentrate on helping poor people in their own countries. Others believe that charities should give international aid to those in greatest need. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
The issue of whether charitable organisations should force on helping people in their own countries has arisen as a result of the increasing demand for charitable help.
Many people argue that charities should concentrate on domestic needs. They think that only when charitable organisations give aid to disadvantaged people and communities in their own country can their effort achieve the most success. If charitable aid is provided for people in other countries, it may be misused because the charitable organisations are not familiar with the local situations, and are not able to keep track of how the aid is used.
However, others believe that charitable organisations should give priority to helping people who are in the greatest need, even though many of them may live in other countries. It seems this belief reflects the essence of true charity, which is helping people regardless of their race or nationality. By contrast, limiting charitable help to domestic needs would defeat the fundamental purpose of charitable organisation. Another good argument in favour of helping those who live in other countries is that we are living in an age of economic and cultural globalisation. It would be wrong to assume that the economic, social or political problems in poor and unstable countries would never affect wealthy and peaceful nations. Helping people in other countries is a way for charities to protect the people in their own countries from the impacts of these problems.
My own opinion on this issue is that national boundaries should not stop charities from helping those in need. True charitable aid should be need-based rather than nationality-based. I also believe that charitable organisations should make efforts to ensure proper use of the aid, both domestically and internationally.