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Going to Sapa? DONT DO THIS!

Posted by sine on 3/10/2007 at 16:29

Posted from within Vietnam.

Please don't buy off the children selling goods in the streets!!!! It's directly supporting them to not get an education.

But do buy goods, just make an effort to buy off the older generation...

Was sad to go on a trek and see one of the schools - practically no girls there, Why? As our guide said 'they're selling to the tourists...'

If the kids come home everyday with no money from selling, they wouldn't be continually sent out to 'sell, sell, sell'. The reason they're not in school is so many tourists perpetuate this problem by buying off them etc...they're getting money for short term rather than an education for the long term.

Altenatively if you want to help the communities, give to organisations that are helping the hilltribes directly...

#1 sine has been a member since 2/10/2007. Posts: 9

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