Every day he repairs the road in Honduras and asks for money. As soon as the car passes that gave him money, he digs up the pothole again. Another car comes and he asks for money as he “repairs” the road, filling the pothole–the same pothole. In many ways, Honduras’ creative work ethic is not any different from America.
When we were in San Diego, the homeless put in a lot of effort into creative help signs. People were posing next to those signs. I wonder what would happen if these same homeless put in an equal amount of effort into job hunting as they do into thinking of these brilliant signs?
In preparation for Honduras, I read how not to give money to people on the streets of Honduras because only the organizations that spent time with the Hondurans knew their real needs. Oftentimes, the money you give to those on the streets can be used for drugs. This is not any different than America.
If you give money to someone holding a sign, you aren’t helping them. A lot of them in our area especially have alcohol and drug issues. The best thing you can do is to give money to the organizations that have established relationships with the homeless, or those in deep need, because they know what helps and doesn’t help (or at least, most of the time).
America does seem to be headed towards the fate of Honduras. As government control and corruption rises, inflation is causing everything but our wages to increase. Businesses hire people in Arizona at less the rate the same job in the same company pays in another state. As government regulation increases, so does the cost on the small business which increases the cost on the consumer. Our debt as a country is skyrocketing. We can’t afford to support our own country much less the thousands of children invading our border.
I fear that our country is headed towards the fate of Honduras. If we don’t get a head on our shoulders and turn around, we may all be living in shantys on the side of the road, scrubbing our laundry on pilas because we can no longer afford a washing machine or the electricity to run it.