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Break the cycle of poverty with more than a handout; more than 65 cents a day. Build a school or well. It's not charity. It's sustainability. www.freethechi...

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Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 10, 2010 at 5:47am
It's not charity. It's sustainability.
Comment by Jeffo on March 10, 2010 at 6:10am
How do you sustain $0.65 a day - the ma**** have to be motivated and mobilized and there must be a point where that being provided can sustain itself and give back. I wonder where and when that point occurs.
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 10, 2010 at 7:19am
That's a big question dude! I guess probably no one knows the answer, but I've been surprised how sometimes small things get a long way. Sometimes something as simple as doing your own composting can easily evolve in planting your own food and improving the soil of some empty lot close to your house. It might sound small, but I think small things can become pretty big with a little push!
Comment by Jenn on March 10, 2010 at 7:55am
I think lots of times it's a byproduct, but I also think we can plan for it to a certain extent. For instance, since one of the kids in the video mentioned it, some programs require that families who receive livestock such as goats give one of its offspring to another family, and so on. I'm not sure if that's part of Free the Children's program though. (By the way, goats are great because they're super cheap to keep - they eat grass! - and can have a large return in terms of income generation!)

Thanks for posting this! What an empowering video!
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 10, 2010 at 8:03am
I agree... I think a key item for sustainability is taking advantage of positive externalities (positive byproducts). Finding a way to encourage them can change the idea of spending resources to get one objective, to investing resources in getting one objective and getting (extra) resources for more (secondary) objectives. Maybe a right balance of altruism and self-interest can do this?


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