South America | Peru | Northern Peru | Trujillo – trying to make a difference
Another week progresses and a lot of new kids have joined our program. At the same time unfortunately some of the ones that I got used to suddenly dont turn up anymore. Especially the really poor ones mostly stay only for a few days, then their parents often realise that they are making a lot less money selling or begging on the streets without the help of the big brown eyes and little hands of their ninos and take them out of school again.
It is frustrating when we encounter these children again on the street, back where we found them in the first place. It is hard trying to make a difference if the parents are not educated enough to realise that there could be a better future for their children if they were educated. I guess, it is a common problem in poor countries; people try to survive from one day to the next without any vision or hope for a better future.
I also noticed that all of the kids are terrible at sharing or working in groups. It was really annoying me, but I realised that it is probably because they own so little and have developed a survival instinct which could be mistaken for selfishness. I suppose sharing is a luxury of people who have things to share.
Just to add a few funny story about our ongoing hygiene problem:
The other day we caught the kitchen assistant who was putting jam on our breakfast rolls, licking the spoon after each roll .!!!
They also have an interesting technique here for peeling potatoes, just using their fingernails.
Today there was a pigeon in the kitchen (normally we only have rats), the cook was trying to catch it with her hands and eventually managed to do so, which would have been great if she wouldnt have proceeded to cook our food afterwards without washing her hands.
I went out to buy my dinner in the supermarket tonight.