I’m very grateful to all these organizations in the United States, especially the private and religious organizations. I appreciate the food and clothing they send. I thank them sincerely for their willingness to help, and I know they do it with great love. But I’d also like to say that this realationshipo—where we’re dependent on the goodwill of outsiders—isn’t the kind of relationship we’d like to have…. We’re not going to solve our problem through handouts. Because our problem is a social one. And until we change this system, all the charity in the world won’t take us out of poverty.
– Elvia Alvarado
Don’t Be Afraid Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart
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