It seems that the GAM campaign on Jordanian beggars is still active and in fact escalating.
A week ago, Al Ra’e newspaper published a picture of a big house in Amman which it claimed to belong to a group of beggars that were able to build this house from the money they collected from people in the streets.
The article found it’s way in a TV reportage as well on the Jordanian TV channel and AL Arabieh News channel as well.
It seems that the government isn’t backing off stalking those people anytime soon, and they are trying to win people’s hearts so that to stop giving beggars money in the street.
But, I can’t see such measures as a real solution to such problem. Begging has been existing throughout history everywhere in human societies. In simple logic, people in need of food would beg rather than starve to death.
An alternative solution, which would be more effective is to legalize begging. The same way some other countries legalized prostitution.
It can easily done by providing a place with rooms for beggars. Like a small market where each beggar can pay a small amount of fee for the government to appoint officers to take care of the place. Each beggar can reserve a room with a window where people can come and give money.
Beggars who can prove to have less financial status than others would have more priority of filling those rooms. If there are enough room, some other people who are doing well financially and still like to beg can rent them as well.
The government can also help in advertising the place. Social groups and donation organization can organize group visits for people to give money. Schools and private associations can help as well.
It can all be organized for ease the way people like to give. It would benefit all of us and create a better culture of give/take in our society.
I would certainly like to take my children to such place in order to teach them the virtue of giving.
Wish some official think outside the box!
or even listen and try!