Limitations of Charity

______Philanthropy as Relief______

  • Philanthropy as relief
  • "A Bed for the Night" by Bertolt Brecht
  • Beyond charity in Zimbabwe



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A Bed for the Night

I hear that in New York
At the corner of 26th Street and Broadway
A man stands every evening during the winter months
And gets beds for the homeless there
By appealing to passers-by.


It won’t change the world
It won’t improve relations among men
It will not shorten the age of exploitation
But a few men have a bed for the night
For a night the wind is kept from them
The snow meant for them falls on the roadway.


Don’t put down the book on reading this, man.


A few people have a bed for the night
For a night the wind is kept from them
The snow meant for them falls on the roadway
But it won’t change the world
It won’t improve relations among men
It will not shorten the age of exploitation.


by Bertolt Brecht


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Kakava, Nicholas Zivengwa, et al. "Beyond Philanthropy to Sustainable Community Development -- Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibilities Activities in Zimbabwe." Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business 4.12 (2013): 674-684. Web 23 August 2013.

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