Some people think it is better to give donations to local charitable organizations, while others choose to give to national or international bodies. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
In order to help those in need in our society, non-profit, charitable organizations are formed to raise awareness for a cause and of course to collect funds or material goods. Some of these are for local causes while other aid is destined for abroad.
Some people support that it is best to focus on problems that exist in one’s society (local and national) before seeking to help others. Local and national charities attempt to assist the homeless, disabled, less privileged, abandoned animals etc. in the local community which could lead to a better standard of life for citizens. Contributors might also believe that there is better control of funds in their own country with checks being made on how collected money is distributed. This is not always the case with international charity organizations resulting in funds not reaching those in need.
On the other hand, some countries particularly in Asia and Africa have far greater problems. They suffer from natural disasters such as droughts, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods. There are often wars resulting in famine, refugees, violence etc. These types of issues require immediate attention from international charitable organizations to avoid loss of human life. Humanitarians do not consider people from other countries as being different but classify everyone as ‘humans’ and therefore subject to support.
In my opinion, it is up to each individual to decide if they first of all would like to contribute to charity and secondly which cause is important for them as well as how they would like to see their contribution spent.
Question taken from Get ready for IELTS writing p. 136