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  •  Working on plans for a trip to Morocco (6+ / 0-)

    and I ran across the same advice on one of the Fodor's message boards this weekend. Seemed very odd to me that kids would want pens. Your explanation makes sense.

    Heck, we see kids here that have difficulty getting the school supplies they need. Must be really brutal when you're a kid out in the hinterlands of a poor country.

    "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

    by aggressiveprogressive on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:36:40 PM PST

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    •  Yeah When You Visit America, Bring Along Some (16+ / 0-)

      $50 bills and hand them out to the teachers who have to buy school supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:41:40 PM PST

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    •  they beg for pens to resell (1+ / 0-)
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      If you wish to really ruin kids lives give to begging kids, it's sure to keep them away from school because they can make more than their parents by begging.

      Give to a reputable local charity who will use your dollars appropriately.

      Google Responsible tourism. I've seen the harm tourism can do.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:56:47 PM PST

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      •  Visited Cambodia a year ago (2+ / 0-)
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        Kids there went to school till noon and then sold chachkis to tourists in the afternoon. It provided for the family.

        I would of course prefer that kids never work. But it's not reality. We are a wealthy people and we should do what we can to put money directly into local hands when we can, rather than just to hoteliers and restaurants.

        "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

        by aggressiveprogressive on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 07:42:03 PM PST

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        •  Cambodian kids are used as a classic example (0+ / 0-)

          by people who study sustainable tourism. Giving money to children isn't about helping them, it's about making you feel less guilty. It's bad on so many levels. Destroys the legitimacy of the parents, ends any chance of an education, and when the girls get older....

          You want to give money more directly to people purchase handicrafts as close to the source of the person who makes them as possible, you are saying with your money that you value their culture. Stay at the smallest mom and pop guest houses, eat at food stalls and the market.

          How big is your personal carbon footprint?

          by ban nock on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 03:23:20 PM PST

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