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2017-11-08 16:47
A Statistics Korea survey shows people are donating less and less.

The 2017 Social Survey found only 26.7 percent of respondents had donated in the past year, recording a consistent drop from 29.9 percent in 2015, 34.6 percent in 2013 and 36.4 percent in 2011. The number of people who planned to donate also showed a steeper decline.

The main reason for the decline in donations is the economic slump and the worsening unemployment crisis. Many people said they could not afford to donate or they were not interested in donating as they themselves were having a hard time making ends meet.

These and other negative elements are discouraging people from donating to the underprivileged.

It is noteworthy that the number of people who were not interested in donating rose by 8 percent in the past two years, showing the spirit of sharing is diminishing in Korean society.

Many people also said they could not trust the institutions that received donations, as some have been found to embezzle and waste money.

Also in decline is the number of people who volunteered for charity activities for the past year. Those who plan to donate to charity for the next year are down as well. These trends indicate we are less inclined to sympathize with society’s most vulnerable.

As the year comes to an end, it is timely to think about the difficulties of those in need. For this year’s holiday season, more people will hopefully act on an old saying: “10 small spoonfuls amount to a good meal.”

 

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