Day 12: Kimberly’s Reflections

In the morning, the nursing team and the education team both taught in La K today. It was our first time in this classroom and it turned out to be a rough day for us. There was was only a couple small rooms and barely enough desks. The desks that they did have were all broken with missing backs and sometimes missing legs. Alyssa and I taught our lesson on Children’s Rights. We read them one of our stories which is about having the right to express your opinions and ideas. In the story, the character George, talks about how he held a strike against a school until they got enough desks and chairs for all of the students, because not only do you have the right to an education, but you have the right to a GOOD education. The children in La K agreed with the story and they started requesting that they get more chairs, because of the kids that were standing in the  back. (So a few of the students that were sitting actually went next door and brought a few more chairs in for their standing classmates.)  It was really touching to see them learning from our stories and recognizing that they are entitled to these rights no matter who they are. I hope that they continue standing up for themselves and demand the best education that they can get. This area that we were in is apparently really prone to child violence, so I hope that they also took from our lesson that they have the right to not be harmed. The biggest thing that these kids need to do is learn their rights and stand up for themselves.

In the  afternoon, Alyssa and I got to teach our Children’s Rights lesson again, but this time at Monte Rey. We had a group of mothers this time instead of children. We taught them the eight rights that we think all children should have and we read them one of our stories. We then went into Kelcie’s lesson on feelings. We asked each mother what they were feeling and most said happy or proud. There was one woman who said she was sad, but she wouldn’t share why with us and another woman said she was in love. She made it clear though that she wasn’t in love with someone, but rather she was in love with her life and herself. She said she was blessed to have a wonderful family. It still amazes me that these people have rough lives compared to us in the U.S. and they have less money, but they still love their lives. They are some of the happiest and generous people that you’ll ever meet. These ladies were also so appreciative that we asked them how they are feeling, because these mothers are often overlooked for all of the hard work that they do. They also expressed that they were very appreciative that they got the chance to learn what we have been teaching to their children, because they want to be able to reinforce the lessons at home. At the end of the lesson, Caminante arrived and did a little Mother’s Day celebration for the mothers, which was a perfect ending to our lesson. These mothers work so hard to take care of their family and they should be appreciated for it. It is also satisfying that they agree on the importance of these children’s rights and they will work on giving their children the best life that they can have.

This trip has been amazing so far and every day we experience great things. Everything has been so rewarding. Everyone keeps thanking us for the work that we are doing and saying how grateful they are, but they don’t know that we are getting just as much out of this trip as they are. We’re so grateful that we got this experience and that we have the opportunity to help people’s lives here.

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