Re: Question for Rob regarding visiting schools

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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día viernes, 07 de octubre, 2005 a las 11:12:16 horas :

En respuesta a: Question for Rob regarding visiting schools escrito por Sue desde ( el día viernes, 07 de octubre, 2005 a las 10:33:50 horas :

Excellent question!

The Netza school was one of the original problems, and they used foreigners to raise funds to build their school in their hillside community of illegal squatters. Due to that school being built and receiving its official recognition, the community was "legalized" and its occupants received titles to their stolen lands.

That little project caught most locals off guard, and the fact that mainly foreigners were involved in sponsoring the school's construction raised a new kind of problem for us locally and really opened up our eyes to new tactics being pursued by the leaders of the squatters' communities, taking advantage of the relative ignorance of outsiders to this local problem (most are still patting themselves on the back and congratulating themselves for a job well done) and using their generosity to extract funds for the building of schools, one of the requisites for regularizing an irregular settlement. So that hillside is lost forever, and it is now a major problem during each heavy rain (such as recently) when tons of garbage and mud wash down the mostly denuded hillsides and into our streets and bay.

Unfortunately the problem continues and some of the foreigners involved have refused to admit their error, continuing to sponsor schools in the colonias irregulares and denouncing any criticism of their efforts. Perhaps if those same foreigners were actually able to read our local newspapers, listen to our local radio talk shows, and more importantly communicate with respected members of the community who have no political or personal interest in furthering the squatters' communities, then they would be able to understand the damage they are contributing to in our community. But their dogged obstinateness so far appears to signify that their apparent self-rightousness guides their actions more than any altruistic motivation to help the Zihuatanejo community. I know of at least one such person who actually uses their participation to promote their own business.

There are plenty of legally established schools needing help that it should not be necessary to involve oneself with the controversial squatters' communities. From Barra de Potosí to Troncones there are many schools apparently forgotten by the government that would appreciate any help they can get. Feel free to stop by my wife's boutique if you need some orientation or have any further questions you'd like answered in person. We're usually here between 10 to 2 and 5 to 9.

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