Saturday, June 5, 2010


Here is a friend we have a soft spot for. Meet Kelvin. He's 12 (or so). He and his blind mum used to beg outside of the shops we frequent but in the last year or so have started selling produce. I don't know what kind of good can come of it but we buy whatever they are selling for whatever price they ask and always keep something little in the car to share with him - a little snack or a book or a paper airplane or a picture the kids have drawn. Kelvin is known to a lot of expats and we have not been the only one charmed by him ...charmed into breaking the 'no handouts' rule. I will admit that he is one of the 'at risk' youth I worry about. I wonder what our small contributions add to his life if anything.

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