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Lao woman gives money to two beggars
21st Jul, 2010 at 4:24am
 
Lao people believe that giving money to people who are genuinely poor is kind, and you will eventually be rewarded during your life and after your death.


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Reply #1 - 22nd Jul, 2010 at 12:44am
 
Question: would it be proper to ask beggar what they will do with the  money before donating?
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Reply #2 - 22nd Jul, 2010 at 1:37am
 
Yes you can ask them, but I wouldn't bother. If you intend to give them some loose change, does it really matter what they will do with that?
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Reply #3 - 22nd Jul, 2010 at 10:04am
 
I agree with the Administrator, your intention should be to help someone less fortunate than yourself. Fromthe pictures, this couple are certainly deserving of any kindness shown them.

The decision to give or not to give is yours.

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Reply #4 - 22nd Jul, 2010 at 10:29am
 
Considering your donation will most likely be a small amount, you can tell the beggar that it's a gift for a cup of coffee. Of if they are children, you can say it's for some lollies. This is a more polite way to communicate with them rather than asking them what they plan to do with the money. Just my advice.

Elderly beggars in Laos usually say a few words to wish you good health and happiness after they receive your donation. If you are a foreigner, they may not say anything due to their lack of English skills.
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Reply #5 - 22nd Jul, 2010 at 9:21pm
 
Baleno wrote on 22nd Jul, 2010 at 10:04am:
I agree with the Administrator, your intention should be to help someone less fortunate than yourself. Fromthe pictures, this couple are certainly deserving of any kindness shown them.

The decision to give or not to give is yours.

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Wow what a concept.... my decision is mine... to give or not. Should I thank you for your permission. Haha. Go back and re-read my question, if asking would be proper. The issue was NOT about giving.

Beggars in Laos culture may still feel ashamed about resorting to begging... so the beggars would shy away from verbal interaction. However, in the USA, beggars are a bit more aggressive. Often time these alcoholic beggars will be harassing a person to give to them. And its not even small amount they require... anything less than $1US they will not accept. Thus it's wise to see where my pocket change will be funding. Understand now?

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Reply #6 - 23rd Jul, 2010 at 12:34am
 
That's interesting about the United States. A donation of $1 US is considered alot of money in Laos. The average person usually donates 1,000 kips (8 US cents) to a beggar, and it's appreciated.

Beggars don't force or harass in Laos, they usually just sit at a location with a bowl of some sort and it's up to the public if they want to help them.

I think beggars tend to feel more comfortable having a conversation with locals than foreigners. Sometimes I talk to them on the streets, like asking what village they came from, how they got here, and I get a response.
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Reply #7 - 23rd Jul, 2010 at 1:03pm
 
Some deserved to be helped most don't, better donate to orphanage or red cross. Complicated issue.
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Reply #8 - 23rd Jul, 2010 at 5:12pm
 
In Laos, it's not as bad at all.  Panhandlers there actually use their money for food unlike the US.  In the US from my experiences, are very nit picky about how much you give them or the form of currency.  They even lie to your face to gain sympathy.  I remember giving this homeless individual a zip lock bag full of pennies worth $4-5.  What did this ungrateful prick do? he didn't want the money and walked off.   Another case of mine,  instead of handling out money, I took this person to a restaurant to buy food, I left the money on the counter for the cashier after the order...guess what happened?  The guy grabbed the money and ran off. LOL  

Lao panhandlers are totally opposite, they are true to their word on how they use the money when given to them.  I usually tell him/her, please use it only for food and nothing else that could effect your health.  So, it's not that bad at all.

I think India is the worse case scenario.  There are infinite number of children that will chase after you when you give change to one. It's really insane. LOL  
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Reply #9 - 24th Jul, 2010 at 2:08am
 
"Khon Khaek" are like a flock of birds and a swarm of ants.

There's so many poor people in India, but khaek India and khaek Pakistan come to Laos to live a rich life.
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Reply #10 - 1st May, 2011 at 8:52am
 
What a sad sight. Cry

They also look malnourished. Cry

Hey Admin', do you still see these two gentlemen around?
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Reply #11 - 1st May, 2011 at 6:25pm
 
I hope Lao government have good social program to help poor people in the future. When I visited Laos I'll be very generous to these beggars.
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Reply #12 - 2nd May, 2011 at 8:09am
 
I've never seen the two gentlemen before, our photographer took the shots.
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Reply #13 - 2nd May, 2011 at 11:56pm
 
Admin Saovaluck wrote on 2nd May, 2011 at 8:09am:
I've never seen the two gentlemen before, our photographer took the shots.


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Reply #14 - 3rd May, 2011 at 2:11am
 
Quite often. When I see someone begging on the streets, it makes me feel sorry for them and it doesn't hurt to give them 2,000 kip (US 25 cents).
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