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Helping the poor

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Helping the poor

I usually try and bring things for the poor when i visit a third world country and was wondering if anyone has any idea on who i can contact ect... or websites ...

I will be in a few different places while in Guatemala

Guatemala City

Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlán

Petenchel, Guatemala

Tikal, Antigua

so if anyone has any ideas let me know thanks

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11. Re: Helping the poor

I would say, "Gringo(a) go home!"

Here we have it folks, another do-gooder coming to the "3rd World" to "get jiggy" with the people. Maybe you can pick up a child to adopt a la Angelina Jolie or Madonna.

How 'bout just visiting the place to take in the cultural and historic sites, instead of feeding the ego of self-satisfaction that says, "I did something good and noble while I was there <look at me>."

"Touristic Altruism" is such a farce!


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12. Re: Helping the poor

My goodness Martinis, what is that about? I am blessed to be the mother of a beautiful little girl who was born in Guatemala. When she was first introduced to us she was in clothes that were donated by tourists who visited Guatemala while on vacation. Her foster mother was so appreciative of the donations made as were we. As for adopting a child from a foreign country or even domestically, very few people do it to "make a difference in the world" or to "rescue a child", they adopt because THEY want to parent a child. The child fulfills a very real need in the parents. It just so happens that the child is likewise provided a benefit.

I find that most people who provide donations when visiting foreign countries are generally providing similar if not more donations at home. It is a worthy and noble thing to give back to others. Moms

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