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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, December 23, 2017, 13:43 (25 days ago) @ Maybs

Love the pictures as well as your comments. We have bought trinkets from the children on the beach and from the markets.

While visiting a market @ Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver B.C. I noticed the same trinkets being sold.

So my question is?
Are tourists helping when they purchase things from the children on the beach or the city.

Good and tough question, and the answer isn't easy.

You are helping them to survive by allowing their parents to use them to make money. Life here for too many is extremely tough.

The truth is we are too many. For those of us born north of the border we believe that the more folks in other nations emulate our overconsumptive unsustainable lifestyle and culture, the better off they will be. The truth is that from emulating our culture for so many years Mexico has become just as obese and diabetic as the USA.

There is a vicious cycle of poverty that is hard to break. While it is clear that education is the key, education has been used here to take advantage of well-meaning foreigners into helping land thieves who have stolen most of the ecological zones that make up our hillsides by building inefficient little schools on the lands they invaded, leaving the legal resident taxpayers and our families without many of the services we used to enjoy, such as water and improvements to our infrastructure. Instead we have more crime, more poverty, more corruption and less services.

And those dozens of tiny schools built in the invaded lands on our hillsides suck up scarce resources and lower the quality of education for everyone in our municipio. There will never be sufficient public funds to equip, maintain and pay teachers at all those tiny and inefficient schools. Indeed besides a shortage of basic equipment for the bare-bones schools there is also a shortage of qualified teachers. Much more good could be done by concentrating resources to build a few larger schools, though it means students might have to travel a kilometer or two to school.

My wife and I and many of our neighbors do what we can to try to help needy folks without compromising our principles, yet again, having and living by one's principles seems to be a thing of the past to too many folks. Particularly the parents of these children you refer to. Some of the children we have helped have gone on to do well in their studies, receiving scholarships and going on to colleges and universities. Others repeat the cycle of poverty and ignorance that their parents come from, having too many children than they can care for and raising them to sell Chiclets, junk food and trinkets. The trick is to try not to feed the beast that is the cycle of poverty. That's the fine line that too many foreigners cross unknowingly or, in some cases, stubbornly, believing they know better than locals.

Children that are pushy and poorly behaved don't get our assistance for very long. Those looking for a foreigner to latch onto and milk don't either (this has become something of an art form here, and not just by kids). Fortunately they are few. Most kids are just looking for a little help and guidance where they can get it. Getting them to apply themselves at school is hard if they have to work too much. It also makes them quite joyless and dour, if not bitter and cynical. If you can help a bright kid to escape the cycle of poverty then you are doing good. But if you allow them (and their parents) to use you then you are perpetuating a problem.

Try to simply use your best judgement.

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