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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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