mammalu wrote:I like the approach of Americorps, if they are genuine they will accept my help in my terms. At Larcomar, my doggy bag always goes to the first kid who asks for money.
PS. As a young teenager, once I took a bus and somebody pickpocketed me. I had no wallet, no money, nothing, nada, niente....and the good samaritans in the bus helped me, paid for my fare and gave me money for my next connection. I can still remember my cheeks burning so hot, I was so embarrassed. I am even more embarrassed to admit, cell phones did not exist then!
naturegirl wrote:A bit off topic, but did anyone see the Dutchman begging near Abancay? I thought that in itself was strange.
singlefather wrote:Well it will be very hard for me to be in Lima for 4 days and see little street children begging for money..
I will have my kids who are a 12 yr old girl and a 9 yr old boy with me along with my Novia.. It will be a big eye opener for them to see children begging and to see poverty.
did anyone see the Dutchman begging near Abancay?
sonia wrote:did anyone see the Dutchman begging near Abancay?
Please tell us more about this. Did he look injured or mentally ill or under the influence of drugs or alcohol? If I saw a foreigner begging in Lima, my first thought would be that something really terrible has happened to him. Like maybe he got robbed of all his cash, papers, and belongings or that he is in desperate need of medical or psychiatric attention. In my mind I'd be screaming, "why isn't his embassy helping him out"!
I've never seen a foreigner begging on the streets of Lima; that would be a sight that would give me a big surprise. Maybe I am too, too naive but my first thought would never be that his actions are part of a scam. I would think that he must really be in trouble if he has to beg. And begging in the rough area around Avenida Abancay of all places! I would fear others would rob him of whatever he still has as he is standing there! .
I do not think it is a good idea to let strangers come up to you and ask you to dial their cell phone for them, but that being said, your email story is a hoax, there is no record of such an event actually happening.