This year I had the opportunity to go to several orphanages and public schools in Latin America. It was a mind blowing experience to see the conditions these children are living in, and how happy and grateful they are. They didn’t care about the material stuff you brought, I mean yes they needed food and they appreciate that, but all they cared about was your presence. The “visitor’s” presence. When you think about basic human needs, the first thing that comes to mind is that underprivileged children would rather have their physiological needs met before anything else. I guess that statement is wrong. These children prefer to have their social needs met than anything else. The first thing they ask you when they see you is how long are you staying? I used to say I’m only staying a couple of days or so, and they will keep asking why I had to leave, why I can’t stay with them forever? Now when I go, I just deviate the question asking them if they want to play a game or something along those lines. Children around 4-6 years old just want to play and run around. On the other hand, I got the opportunity to interact with girls ages 8-14, and all they needed was my advice and someone to talk to. Essentially, children need someone they can trust. Honestly, if I could I would devote my life to help those in need, but at this point in my life I can’t do it. I don’t have the financial stability to be able to take off, travel the world, and provide for those in need.
Every time I come back home I tend to compare the under privileged children with the children around the community I live, and is just shocking. All these kids only care about their self-image, what people think, social acceptance, and good old WIFI. Children these days have a false sense of community and don’t get to live a normal childhood. I wish children just grow out of this phase and get involved with things and activities that are substantial for their well-being, and emotional growth.
I’ve been through thick and thin in life. From beating cancer, to loosing myself, the only thing that’s kept me going is the satisfaction I get from helping other people, especially children in need. My goal in life is to create my own Non-Profit Organization that helps children around the world and cancer patients. For that, I need an audience, people who are willing to be selfless and give, people that our willing to be game changers, and make a difference. I don’t know how I am going to do this, but I am a go getter, and nothing will stop me. STAY TUNED.
Interested in volunteering or donating? See below:
- Ciudad de Refugio in Rosarito, Mexico- they are in need of comfort food mainly, but anything else if welcomed. They love toys, of course. 🙂
- Escuela de Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica- they are in need of ink for printers, books, and paper.
- The Young and Brave Foundation: they need volunteers, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Orangewood Foundation: Southern California organization, email: JPatino@orangewoodfoundation.org