Andy, you did more to shine a true light on the problem with this blog and your youtube video (walking around the block from the Hyatt) than 1000 air brushed NGO brochures.
BUT, doesn't it break your heart?
I think it does break my heart, I continue to take the photos, therefore I am still feeling the photo, I am not able to just ignore. Many people take photos of maybe how they want life to be, I strive to take photos of how life really is, whereby I hope to include this little girl in my life. If by chance, I better my world, I always want her to know she is part of my life and is included in my good fortunes. I do not feel separated, there is not me and them, the haves and have nots. She was just a little cute girl along my path, she deserves a better chance.
People have babies, call it love, but it is fear. They are afraid nobody will take care of them when the are old, so they have many gambling that one will love them out of the litter. The UN needs to put pressure on countries like the Philipppines so it becomes difficult to find this photo.
The best way to help such kids is to provide employment for their nearly unemployable parents. nearly all of our staff would be considered unemployable and come from long lines of such people. When people give aid or charity it does NOT teach these children the value of working hard and striving for goals. Everytime they hit me up I say "Para hindi libre". I know people who grew up on the streets of Manila and became incredible wealthy so such cases doesn't always fit in to the "poor kids" category.
I shed a tear with those pics. I spend more money handing out change than on beer when in Manila. That's a whole shinola load of pesos
I wonder if you could get donations and DONATE 90 to street children/Families you see fit to give too ?
10 would be for exchange rates bus fare, much less than the 50 + percent most NGOS spend on themselves for rooms beer,food,fun,etc.
I would be into that. The look on a kids or a street family's face if you gave them 25-50 bucks for a few pics and showed them how to turn that $20 into $50 by buying bulk nuts,Soda,Water or something to resell? Something to make a few more pesos rather than eat well for a few nights. ...teach how to fish kinda thing ....
You could add a new Hobo Entrepreneur page ? You enter finding the worst of the worst cases and make a small investment $50-100 and return in a year or so and hopfully collect your investment and see and inmprovment in the lives you have touched.
At least if there is a God you will have serious brownie points and be able to CUT IN LINE !
Interesting idea Chuck.
Pre-set ready to go business ventures that I could hand out to poor families.
I made this video of how to cut up a pineapple as a gift to Africa, a great business method that should be done in Africa also.
I have a page called Gift to Africa:
Problem I have Chuck is the failure to thrive business problem. If I give them a wooden box full of nuts, cigarettes or what not, they are doing a the same same same, not different business as all the Sari Sair stores.
I see many type of business ventures, for example in Colombia they made truly delicious hot cooked potato chips in the streets.
In Benin Africa, they pealed Oranges in special way that made them easy to eat.
What I feel is we need small Entrepreneurial ideas that are new, novel and can help to distribute the wealth. These ideas need propagated by people.
For example, I could take the Pineapple cutting system to Africa, train them, set up a glass case showing the whole way of doing this and hope is copied.
The Philippines does not market Pineapple as good as Thailand, this could be done here also.
I have tried on many occasions to get donation to give directly to families. I do not paint a sad sack, I am Gods Messenger type of page. I am not going to feel endless sad stories to people to get a donation. I am an honest guy, People who donate are often saps, they need to read only good things, only a dishonest person would word things in the way they need to hear it.
HoboHideOut.com is meant to be the endless fountain of Internet money of me, I have nothing better to do, may as well help out.
If I got 10 dollars donated, I could give it to the mother, would this help? I doubt it, it would guarantee she did NOT stop being a beggar, too much money to quit.
I had a boy in Mexico want a peso, I said,
"Where is my Chiclets?"
I walked to the place, purchased a box of Chiclets and said,
"Now sell me a Chiclets."
Good thinking Chuck, everything cost money. I gave 200 dollars worth of jackets to Peru people, nobody donated a penny to me when I asked for donations for the project. I will continue to think, try and help, but I refuse to make beggars by giving profitable amounts of money. I gave the little girl money because she need to upgrade one level of poverty. She was losing too far...rain, cold, typhoon and she is in the streets, 95 percent of the others were not to be found.
Believe it or Not.... When I was a kid in Hawaii we had a hand tool that WHOLED the pineapple. Sort of like a coffee can that was sharp at the end. First we cut of the top like the video then just pushed down the tool and out came the pineapple core . We had a few sizes for large medium and small apples but result same. Definately get more meat doing by hand but time was cut in 1/10 the time punch done ....cut.
I think the sales part comes in the nice presentation of the ICED CART with small pieces on a stick. not the quick chop chop.
PS did you know you lose your finger prints when handling pineapples full time ?
Same ingredient is in the pineapple that is a meat tenderizer.