South America | Peru | Northern Peru | Trujillo – only 5 more days
I have decided to leave Bruce Peru at the end of this week so that I will have enough time to do some more travelling in Peru before returning to cold London.
Already Im very upset about the fact that I will have to say good-bye to the kids on Friday and worry about some of their futures. Although I feel like I worked pretty hard I am aware that my 7-week stay here didnt really change an awful lot. I feel frustrated about not having been able to do more and guilty about not staying longer and having worked harder.
There is one little boy I am especially concerned about his name is Javier. He is about 11 years old, has a learning disability, is a bit chubby and not as cute as the others. He obviously hasnt got an opportunity to wash regularly at home and therefore also smells unbearably. The social workers here have discovered that he has a lot of problems at home (there is a history of sexual abuse in the family) and he is obviously (for all the above reasons) not popular with the other children here. Given half a chance he will try and cuddle up and kiss any of us volunteers all over, I think he is just desperate for some love and care but we all find it hard to give him the love and attention he needs. We gave him a shower and some new cloths a few days ago but it was all back to normal a couple of days later.
I feel somehow helpless and disappointed, that there is so little I can do, knowing at the same time that I could be doing more .
I’ve been thinking of starting my own NGO somewhere in Latin America . anyone up for volunteering?????