As I sat in the mini-bus this morning after dropping my 8 year old at school I saw something I see almost daily here; a child maybe 9 years old working as a shoe shine boy. I hate that many of the indigenous children here don’t get a chance to finish school. So many of them (especially girls) have to go to work to help the family. These children should be in school and get a chance to make a better life for themselves. I have seen wealthy families here with 10 year old girls as their servants. Of course the law only requires 3 or 4 years of formal education (public schools only go up to 8th grade here), but I feel like these kids are missing out on having a real life. I don’t know if these kids are happy or not; It just breaks my heart to see that they don’t get the same opportunities as the wealthier children just because the family is poor. I wish I could do something about these children; they don’t deserve to be forced to work because the family is poor. Think about it. Hopefully, someday I will be able to do something to make difference in the lives of the Bolivian Children forced to work. I see so many homeless families on the street and I have never seen a shelter or food kitchens and this is a country where 60% of the population live in poverty, many of which live on under $2 a day. To give you an idea 1 liter of milk is almost $1. There is no govt assistance like food stamps or TANF here. So, next time you complain about how hard you have it, think about the people that don’t even have the chance to live or the ability to get help the way you do.