Posted on 07 November 2013.
-John Quinn, president of the locally based Sinapi Foundation, introduced Maria Pacheco at Sunday’s event. (Jon Cox/DavidsonNews.net)
By JONATHAN COX
After frequent trips over the past 12 years to volunteer in the Guatemalan Highlands, John Quinn and Paul Streeter have learned that good intentions aren’t always enough to improve people’s lives. Years of working to help poor indigenous families by building classrooms or donating shoes have taught them that the practice of giving out handouts can backfire. Instead of empowering rural communities, their hard work could encourage an attitude of dependency in the very people they were trying to help become self-reliant.
That realization led Quinn to question what he calls the “handout model” of charity. Read the full story
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