As this Arab News article extols, homelessness of Saudis is on the rise in the Kingdom and very noticeable in Makkah. Many of the homeless were observed as mentally unstable.
The article attempts to uncover exactly which agencies are responsible for the plight of the homeless in the Kingdom. While I applaud efforts for seeking governmental aid for the individuals, it does not need to stop there.
I see helping a homeless person to change their status in life as a great CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) project that many businesses and organizations could take on. Simply providing food and clean clothes can make a homeless person feel better about themselves.
This would also be a good opportunity for school children to practice the art of giving. I am not suggesting or condoning that anyone other than a professional should go near a homeless person who is suffering from a mental condition though.
Perhaps a homeless man who is not mentally ill could be given a job as a “tea boy” or something similar which does not require a large or specialized skill set. This could be the start of independence and rebuilding a better life.
The article mentions that some of the homeless are not alone in that they have families but for whatever reason are estranged. If a person’s family member is living on the streets and looking in garbage bins for food, shame on that family! The article should have published the names of the families who have abandoned one of their own flesh and blood. Shame on that family!!