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My church and family do a lot of mission work, and one of the issues we hear a lot about is toxic charity. I think that might be what you were responding to. It's the kind of charity that trains people to come and beg for it - and no, it does not make them fond of us. It's the kind of charity that causes people who are eking out a living as a farmer to leave the farm and go to the city to beg instead, which does nothing for the overall economy. It is hard to be in that position - but I suppose harder to be the people living in poverty and trying to figure out how to do the best for their families. I'm sorry there were some things you weren't prepared for - but still! The things you were able to see and do. Very special, and you brought your heart with you, as you do. You are a special lady, Carmen.

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution, who never sleeps and drinks way too much coffee. She works from home as Social Media Programs Manager for SheKnows, and is the mom to six kids, most of whom play instruments, sing or dance and all of whom are much smarter than she will ever be. In other words, her house is never ever quiet or still. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she spends an awful lot of time second guessing herself and Dr. Googling, as well as learning to cook everything the family might like to eat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), sleeping, exploring coffee shops, photography, ballet class and cooking. She excels in being a smart mouth and has her major in sarcasm, with a dual minor in BS studies and avoiding laundry.