Colombia
Diego Infante
Psychologist and volunteer in Colombia
As young people, they have wanted to distract us not to fight for the ideals and we have been put in...
Colombia
Diego Infante
Diego Infante
As young people, they have wanted to distract us not to fight for the ideals and we have been put in a machine that processes human beings through violence, selfishness, the market and frivolousness. However I will not be told what to say or do, nor how to dress or how much I should be earning every month. I am here in order to fulfill a dream, which is to love ourselves and become brothers again as Latin Americans, reformulating the bond between ourselves and setting aside class barriers that we have put up between ourselves. I am here because I have a blind faith in human beings, and in our potential and what we can achieve together: I dream of the integration of our Latin American continent - which is today fragmented -, and that we see ourselves again as brothers and as the real protagonists of our story.
Chile
Laura Castellanos
Teacher and volunteer in Chile
We work in the Hualpén community in Chile as part of the Red CAPA de Protectora de la Infancia (...
Chile
Laura Castellanos
Laura Castellanos
We work in the Hualpén community in Chile as part of the Red CAPA de Protectora de la Infancia (CAPA Network for Child Protection) program. Our goal is to improve communication and help boys and girls in the area develop and grow. We are very happy to be participating in this project because we know the huge impact it has had on parents and guardians, technical support staff and teachers. We also see great potential for personal growth among the volunteers. In the professional sphere we are developing our skills and abilities, but as volunteers we are also developing community and personal interests that help with the success of the project.
Haití
Carla Mansilla González
Teacher and volunteer in Haití
Here in Haiti the days go by and each day is different even though we walk down the same path, ...
Haití
Carla Mansilla González
Carla Mansilla González
Here in Haiti the days go by and each day is different even though we walk down the same path, interact with the same people, work with the same school, live with the same roommates, etc. In spite of that, everything is different. Every time I blink I see so many new things. However, poverty here is harsh, raw, shameful, it makes you want to rise up. It cries out. The inequality hurts the soul. It is horrible to see the conditions in which people live, survive. That is why we must continue working. The efforts of every woman and man are so important because we cannot sit idly by, ignoring reality. We want people to be outraged and moved to help in whatever way they can, but most of all we want them to be present. I hope that my testimony, that of the communities and all those who participate in this cause encourage people to act and fill them with hope.
Guatemala
Luis Muñoz
Enviromental Ingenier and volunteer in Guatemala
As an environmental engineer, my field is moving toward agroecology and the social sector. It is ...
Guatemala
Luis Muñoz
Luis Muñoz
As an environmental engineer, my field is moving toward agroecology and the social sector. It is heading toward better management of natural resources, thereby fostering a culture in which human beings and the planet Earth come closer together. We have been able to broaden our expectations and make a stronger commitment to community development thanks to the participation and interest of the residents of Macalajau, the multi-disciplinary team on the ground and the backing of Habitat for Humanity Guatemala. In addition, the support, collaboration and assistance we have received from the technical advisor has allowed us to pass on knowledge and introduce new technologies related to family farming. We are all working under the same sun and in the same spirit of solidarity with a common understanding. We are motivated by the call for equal development across the globe. Nevertheless, I am aware that our efforts will not be enough. We cannot change the world overnight just as we cannot block out the sun with one finger. We are not superheroes who ensure justice and uphold the dignity of individuals, but at least we have supported and engaged in actions that will help direct society towards an authentic social culture, with respect for human rights such as food security.
Haití
Pilar Phillips
Social worker and volunteer in Haiti
My experience running the cholera project in Haiti has been one of the most life-changing I have had...
Haití
Pilar Phillips
Pilar Phillips
My experience running the cholera project in Haiti has been one of the most life-changing I have had in my 27 years. Life-changing because I have let go of prejudices, opened up to those who are different and welcomed a new language, other colors, flavors and smells. It has been a permanent process of "un-learning" to be able to leave behind the safety of everything familiar, all comforts and certainties, and open up to that which is different, to people who are different, many people, with curious eyes, full of life, with pain, living in poverty, but who are strong and wear smiles. Many smiles. The daily struggle in Haiti is for water. It is never nearby and families – mainly women and children – have to walk more than two hours to reach a stream, the nearest water source. Cholera – which goes hand in hand with other infectious diseases- has spread over these families, but not over their hopes and dreams. After a lot of hard work, we have formed a health committee, elected representatives and embarked upon a unified fight for better sanitation. We have broken down barriers built upon culture, skin-color and language and we have found more than just differences. With each step, each conversation, each smile and planned assembly we are shortening these distances.
Chile
Jimena Castro
volunteer in Chile
The entire process of training and empowering those who oversee the program here in Chiloe has been ...
Chile
Jimena Castro
Jimena Castro
The entire process of training and empowering those who oversee the program here in Chiloe has been a challenge because we have to not only push and motivate them from behind, but also pull and drag them forward. Professionally, there has been a huge change in terms of where and how things are done. I have learned to validate and recognize the abilities, strengths and potential of others as part of working as a team. This program, and of course the vision of Hagar de Cristo, has led me to reaffirm and strengthen my belief that all must participate to the degree that we are able. We have a responsibility towards each other and we must step up because we cannot allow someone to be invisible. We need to understand that we are all an integral part of the same world.