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Helping Children in Peru

Karen R., Senior Staff Writer

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For two weeks over the summer, I volunteered at a daycare in Peru. My Peruvian friend and I made the trip from Lima to Chilca. Over the span of nine days we took the half-hour trip each day to entertain, cook for, and teach children. This enriching experience allowed us to see how people in Chilca live and to help them

It was an-eye opening experience to see how these underprivileged kids lived. Chilcan children, left alone while their parents head to work, must navigate the treacherous streets all alone or with their siblings. They barely had any clean water, miniscule amounts of food, and everything was incredibly unsanitary. The area was littered with an excess of stray dogs, which is unsafe because the dogs could become violent or have harmful diseases. Having lived in this condition their entire life, the people there are completely adapted to it. The difference between what I am accustomed to and what they are used to is astounding.

The children of Chilca struggle to obtain the basic necessities: water, food, clothing, and shelter. My friend and I collected money, school supplies, clothing, food, water, and other items for the community. Through gofundme.com, just under six-hundred dollars were raised with the help of family and friends. By emailing over ten different Peru-based water companies, we were able to receive a donation of over twenty liters of water from the company Ultra Vida.  

Living with these kids for a while showed me how lucky I am to have a roof over my heads, food on the table, and the opportunity to receive a quality education. I learned to never take things for granted because I am fortunate enough to have access to life’s basic necessities and more. This was an amazing experience and I encourage others to take the opportunity to do something similar. You won’t regret it.

 

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