Helping Children Move Away from Poverty
In my Girl for Rent post I documented an example of what is clearly a problem. The girl in that post (or, actually, both mentioned) were above average on at least marketing and on initiative. I know one and expect the other is in a bad situation because of family economics. My question is what should be done to address this problem.
I am not a fan of the give a handout to everyone approach to social adjustment. Personally I feel this just creates dependence and lack of initiative. The alternative, arresting the client and/or the girl is also counter-productive. And each approach is also very expensive. If the US is not sure it can afford to continue this approach, Nicaragua doesn't have a chance with it.
There are assorted programs, many run by NGOs to try to lift children out of poverty. From what I have seen, the programs generally concentrate on a group based on where they live rather than their abilities. If you had the responsibility to come up with an approach to help above average children in Nicaragua lift themselves out of poverty, what would you propose?