I saw the boy to the left one night, sitting on the steps of a department store. He has so many burn marks on his face and body, so i was curious about him. but steet children pose quite a bit of a dilemma. you give some money to one, and the next time more come back again and again. they know the givers. what's more, we are encouraged to give instead to orphanages for street children, so the children will be given more incentive to leave the streets.
i once taught english to 5 such street children from the orphanage, "House of Refuge". it was one of my most heartfelt experiences. i deliberately didn't ask about their past till the last day, as i didn't want to see them as anything other than simply children. but these children loved to be made a fuss of, loved affection.
two of my friends did a docu on street children. one of the children said she was careful not to touch anyone because she knew they wouldn't like her touch. at any rate, this boy and his brother were very happy to have their photos taken, and they created their own poses. apparently, they live with their parents but they ask for money anyway, not very apropos but children are children.
after they posed for the shots, i let them see themselves in the camera and they were quite thrilled. then i gave them some coins without counting. the boy to the right asked why he was given less money. the boy to the left happily exclaimed, "because i have body burns!" and the joy in his voice made me laugh. children are brave, resilient and beautiful. don't you think?