Ricky Martin plans for Children Homes in Latin America

June 21, 2011 / greatnewmovies.com

Ricky Martin has revealed that, he is planning to sponsor children’s homes in Latin America to stop human trafficking.

The Livin’ La Vida singer has revealed his plans of building homes for children in various parts of Latin America, in order to bid to stop the human trafficking. Currently, he is planning to build a Child Development and Prevention Centre in Loiza, Puerto Rico, expecting to complete it by 2012.

He also revealed that, he is hoping to build the similar homes in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and other parts of Latin America, through his foundation. He also held the third edition of a gold competition on Friday, in order to help in raising funds for the Children’s Centre, which helps to fight against human trafficking in Puerto Rico.

Martin said that, this is just the beginning of the project and will spread across the island and also in Dominican Republic, Mexico and Latin America. He also added that, they want to make a difference for the children and young men of Loiza, to support them by the tools, which they need to guarantee their bright future.

As per the reports, the centre has a budget of $4 million, which comprises ten classrooms, a library and a recreation area. He became father of twin boys, through a surrogate mother in August 2008.


Celebrity interests

While I'm glad Ricky no longer shows an interest in adopting a baby to make his rainbow family dream a reality, I'm disappointed he has turned to surrogacy, as an ideal route to homosexual family-planning.  As many already know, both baby brokering and surrogacy can be used to exploit poor women in impoverished countries, like India or areas in Latin America.  In fact, as of 2009, India's surrogacy programs have become a half-billion dollar industry, making India one of the top infant-supply countries in the world.  It's a matter of time before other countries will want to compete in that same market.  After all, history proves how brutal dictatorships, corruption, and the adoption industry mix.... especially in Latin American regions.

The next main supplier of adoptable infants was Latin America. Civil wars and brutal dictatorships throughout the 1970's and 1980's spurred the number of adoptable infants in countries like Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Guatemala, The baby brokering patterns so prevalent in the US in earlier decades were repeated in these countries and eventually one after another closed their borders for inter-country adoption or installed very restrictive laws to prevent abuses. Guatemala was the baby brokering stronghold in Latin America, but in 2008 finally put a halt to these practices.

The industry, never short of demand, had already found new sources of adoptable infants in Eastern Europe due to the fall of the iron curtain. Programs were started, primarily in Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. At the same time Asia became an interesting source for adoptable infants too, with countries like: Cambodia, China, India, Nepal and Vietnam.

[From:  Why the Hague Convention needs revision, March, 2010 ]

Still, Ricky is not the first (American) celebrity to choose to do something constructive in terms of offering aid to areas where human/child trafficking has become a huge problem (and source of income).

Both Madonna and Oprah have involved themselves in the building of children's homes in impoverished regions.  On paper, the purpose is simple:  provide quality housing and education to the locals so they can become thriving productive members in their given community.  On paper, the goal is great.

Unfortunately, the end-result has not been without it's controversy. Madonna was sued by charity workers in Malawi, and at Oprah's Leadership Academy in S Africa, two sex scandals erupted.  It never seems to fail....allegations of corruption and sex abuse always seem to taint the best of intentions and plans.

The problem, as I see it, is not related to the question if or can a children's homes provide safe housing alternative for children.  The answer to that is simple:  yes, a well-run, well-planned, well-staffed, well-provisioned children's home can be a great blessing to parents and children, alike.  Children's homes can do a world of good for many, provided there is proper oversight and monitoring. And here is the problem that exists in the entire care-system.  Orphanages, foster homes, children's homes, boarding schools, and adoptive homes all lack proper monitoring.  So my question is, how are concerned celebrities going to address this on-going problem when assisting the poor around the world?


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