When you stand face-to-face with a person who is shedding tears of gratitude for the support they have received and witness their progress, it is clear that help is not in vain. Call it naiveté, call it blind faith, call it Pollyannaish. Or call it what it is: hope.
That depends on how you define poverty and wealth. We have solidarity, community and other riches, too, like people who work hard for the global economy. But it's hard for a little country to rise up, especially in our case.