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Praveen Parmar

Praveen Parmar

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  • There is No doubts that Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation is doing a great job. But their charity reminds me of the old Chinese story about giving a fish and teaching to fish. There is a vast difference between the two. I live in Zambia which has been beneficiary of the Gates' largesse. But should it be so? Most African countries and also in other parts of the world are getting "used" to the handouts. Should it not be that the Gates' and other such foundations should try and help develop living skills

    There is No doubts that Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation is doing a great job. But their charity reminds me of the old Chinese story about giving a fish and teaching to fish. There is a vast difference between the two. I live in Zambia which has been beneficiary of the Gates' largesse. But should it be so? Most African countries and also in other parts of the world are getting "used" to the handouts. Should it not be that the Gates' and other such foundations should try and help develop living skills. There is huge dearth of skills in most 3rd world countries. Education can alleviate a lot of problem. There have been attempts made to change this attitude to Charity, but little is happening. Poverty is digging in deeper and deeper. What we need is a change of attitude: help us develop our country by not giving handouts, but help us build micro, mini, small, and medium industries to value add our natural resources so that we can earn more, and thus give more to the people of our country. Help us this way, not make us slaves of Handouts.

    I would like to receive any comments on this contribution. My e-mail: praveen.parmar@gmail.com

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