South America | Peru | Northern Peru | Trujillo – My working week
I had a really nice weekend, went to a beach near by on Saturday with Deborah (a volunteer from Scotland) and wondered round Trujillo by myself on Sunday.
Monday was a different story, I prepared and toughed an art class to the kids in the morning, which was mad. I found myself shouting SILENTIO half of the time, but they all got done what I wanted them to do and most of them did it rather well.
After lunch (which consisted of a horrible soup with bits of pork skin in it, which still had the pigs hair on it I am going to loose A LOT of weight here), the doctor announced that she had just discovered that 2 of the kids have scabies and a bunch of others have lice . considering that I gave them all a big cuddle in the morning, that sounded slightly worrying.
I then spend the afternoon preparing my first English lesson (ever) for the adult students in the evening. I was a bit nervous, but it went quite well. Luckily Ive only got 5 students.
It is all very exhausting but it all makes sense when the kids look happy and enjoy themselves for a few hours a day. Most of them have been working on the streets for a few years and never had the privilege of education or even someone giving them a bit of love. South America has an infamous reputation for high rates of child labour and Peru has the worst record in the continent. Within Peru some regions show up worse than others and Trujillo is a black spot in terms of poverty and child labour.
A lot of them also get beaten at home or abused in some other way.