Venezuela: Not Alms but ACCION

The fetid slums that choke Latin American cities breed disease, crime and a numbing sense of helplessness. For most slum dwellers, there is seem ingly no escape from misery, and little incentive to try. Yet in less than three years since it was founded, a small but dedicated group called ACCION (Americans for Community Cooperation in Other Nations) has shown that Venezuelan slum dwellers can be helped to help themselves. In Venezuela, it is a sort of private Peace Corps.

Bucket Brigades. The founder of ACCION is Joseph H. Blatchford, 29, an intense, athletic law graduate of the University of California...

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