Originally Posted by mstone
Every child should have the opportunity for an education, nutrition and healthcare.
Ideally, yes. But there are too many places where that's a dream for the future, not now. While it's nice that you go down there, I guarantee that it's not helping much. It will take a vast amount of money to reform these economies, and a way to end the incredible amount of corruption these governments are partial to. Until then, things will continue the way they are.
We can see a good example of this. east and West germany. west Germany had about 65 million people, and one of the world's largest, and strongest economies. they had more than two thirds of the land. East Germany had about a third of the population, that was educated, but poor. West Germany had an excellent infrastructure, while the East, had an old, falling apart one.
West Germans were wanting a reunification for decades. It finally came. The West wanted to bring the East up to their standards in infrastructure, pay for the people, and general equality of life. To do that, they poured one trillion dollars into East Germany over a period of ten years.
When that period was over, they acknowledged that it was a failure. Even a trillion dollars wasn't enough to even out the two economies, and it still isn't even today.
It will take trillions to make a dent in the economies we're talking about, which is all of Central and South America, and decades, possibly 50 or more years. Until that happens, things will remain much the same as they have been for the past several hundred years.
Your going down there and doing what little you can, while nice, is like giving a beggar a dollar, and thinking you've done something worthy. You haven't. What needs to be done is to make the governments that are part of an oligarchy, understand that it has to stop, and that their people need to have a more equal part in the economic life of their countries. That's far more difficult. When far left wing governments take over, as they have in a few countries down there, things actually get worse.
Meanwhile, families need to put food on the table, and the only way they can feed all their mouths is to make as many of them that can, work. It's sad, but it's still true. And platitudes don't help.