What can I say, another fantastic day of volunteering! Today we had our monthly “Project Tour”, where we went to visit Otra Cosa’s Partner Projects around the local area. Here below are some of the projects we went to see! The group photo was taken in an underprivileged community outside of Huanchiquito, a suburb of Huanchaco, in their kindergarten, where two of our volunteers come a few days a week to help out and take care of the kids. The room in which the picture was taken, didn’t exist a few days ago and it is thanks to our wonderful volunteers that this ex storage room is now part of an operational kindergarten for the local kids! Great work!
The second picture, was taken at a special needs school in Trujillo. The school is the only or one of the rare specialised schools in Northern Peru! Currently the establishment schools around 100 students with a wide variety of needs. Our awesome volunteers go and help the teachers and parents with looking after and taking care of the students as well as teaching classes themselves. Visiting the school today myself; I was really impressed and surprised by the facilities available to the students. In particular the sensation room, where the child is exposed to different sensations and feelings. Really impressive!
Fairmail is a partner company to Otra Cosa. The company selects underprivileged kids from difficult backgrounds and teach them photography and graphic design. The company’s goal with this project is to take teenagers off the streets and give them the opportunity to become independent and go to university with impressive photographic skills. The company produces postcards from the photographs that the teens have taken and then sell them to the world. Half of the money made from the sales goes directly to the photographers pocket in order for them to manage a budget, save up and eventually hit his goal of going to uni. The current manager of Fairmail was once one of these students and has graduated from Trujillo university, so a perfect example of how beneficial the project has been! Our volunteer comes 3 times a week to help out with the classes and is also doing an amazing job!
Lastly, the “Puesto de Salud” is the only health clinic in Huanchiquito, which has a community of about 3000 people. The clinic focuses on pre-natal health care as well as teenage pregnancy. It also contains a pharmacy for basic health care. The doctor is there 3 days a week, but the clinic has 2 nurses and a pharmacist everyday of the week. Huanchiquito is a very poor and deprived area of the Huanchaco District and the clinic didn’t exist until a few year ago. Our volunteers, helped the community to make the construction of the clinic happen as well as being involved in running and taking care of patients. Since its opening, the clinic has been providing basic healthcare for the community and is having some success. Our medical volunteers have been running the clinic when the doctor was relocated and have done a brilliant job! So today was full of really humbling experiences that really touched all of us and re-emphasised how lucky and privileged we all are. A truly powerful experience that I am personally really grateful for!
Written by Oliver Snalune, intern at the office/Volunteer Coordinator.