CFSA wrote:Just to clarify...
I hang out on riverside often, and over the course of two years I've had plenty of time to observe, meet and talk to many of the locals, including the kids! Some irritate me, most annoy me, but i've come to liking and caring about a couple of them. I will sometimes pay for a coconut , have paid for school, bought them disinfectant when they have cuts etc.
No ulterior or hidden motives...just basic human solidarity, as I think I have been luckier then them! My parents had the ability (financial and otherwise) to take me to a dentist when needed
Anyway problem was solved with 10$ and kid is not hurting anymore and smiling again Hope it lasts!
Thanks for all the useful and nice replies, and now.
Good for you, some people are so paranoid in the West, it took me awhile to learn to relax & not let other peoples misguided prejudice add to the paranoia of actually just talking to the street kids.