Kids everywhere are so cute and they all love candy, so Nepal is no surprise. Many tourists enjoy bringing candy for the kids they meet along the way. Should we do it? Seldom, if ever, is this a good idea. Here's why:
1. Nepal, and children from other developing nations, tend to only brush their teeth one time a day. Many families find themselves without money for such things as tooth brushes. Candy is acidic and will stay on their teeth a long time. They also seldom go to the dentist, so that chocolate/candy will eventually cause a lot of pain and the tooth will most likely be pulled, not repaired.
2. If you are a mother you will understand why you wouldn't want strangers feeding your children. You could ruin the mother's night with a child who wouldn't eat dinner, but cries all night from hunger.
3. Teaching children that it's OK to take from anyone can cause a problem with boundaries. People in Nepal see tourists as super human, rich and so mysterious. It is best to help them understand we are just human. We are not gods seeking to dole out a random blessing.
4. Our children are so cute and it's nice to engage in conversation, but if you give money or candy you are encouraging them into a life of begging.
5. Child Trafficking is a thing here in Nepal. I wonder how many children have been lured into the sex trade because they asked a stranger for chocolate.
|When you see places like this with children living there it's hard not to do something to help.|
|Hospitals are also good places to bring clothing for donating.|