Monday, October 5, 2015

Street Kids

One  of the things I couldn't help but notice during our time in South America are the children being raised on the streets.  Of Arequipa, of Cuzco, in the markets, everywhere.

What I mean by that is, if the parent(s) are industrious and resourceful enough to have a little food cart of some kind, or are selling their handmade wares on the street or at the local market during the day, they are accompanied by their children.  

I'm sure they have no other choice. 

Or perhaps it does not occur to them that there might be another choice.  

When you live in a country where there is such widespread poverty, I think your focus is on daily survival.  For you and your babies.   Period.

We saw it time after time;  and it always touched my heart, time after time.

Sometimes they are older, such as this pre-teen in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  She does not look happy about being photographed.  I always apologize when this happens.  Perhaps she is not happy with her situation.   My intent is never to embarrass or make anyone self-conscious.  I am simply fascinated by every single thing when we travel.  Including this concept, which we would never see back home.  

Or this growing young boy, in Quito, Ecuador, who is helping Mom at the Labor Day protests; maybe a smart thing to do, considering you could get fed yourself in the absence of paying customers.  Young boys at this age are constantly hungry, right??

This is the only one I caught doing homework, though.   Perhaps there are those few "over-achievers", even among street kids.  Or perhaps we should say "Well done" to the parents of this child.

Many times, though, they are still babies.  And this is their "normal" daily routine.  

From everything I observed, they are well-loved, and their parents are doing their best to provide them with the most basic of daily needs.

We really have so much to be thankful for in the US, don't we?


  1. I love all the color that they use so much of....and to travel with you is a great joy, to see and feel and to learn what other countries do. I feel that I have gained so much from all of your travels. They are wonderful and I always open Passport Envy first when I get your e-mails! Thank You, for being such a blessing, your friend Deon

    1. Thank you, Deon, for traveling along with us! It brings me great joy to bring joy to other's lives. That would be the whole purpose of the blog ~ to share with others what we are privileged to see and do and learn. I'm so glad you get to come along with us!

  2. These photos capture the children as well as so much more about the life there. The photo of the poultry all displayed so proudly on the non refrigerated counter. Including the head and feet.

    1. I know, Karen, right?!? Lack of refrigeration or other "health standards" that we take for granted to be common are not-so-common in many other countries. And the daily life shots are always my favorite. What would my life be like if I'd been born here instead........? The babies really drive that point home for me.......


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