Why Volunteering Matters in Lima, Peru
Interview with Giovanna Luna Victoria, Director of Puericultorio A. Perez Aranibar (PPA)
Q: What is your opinion of Global Volunteers’ work at the PPA?
First of all, I would like to thank Global Volunteers for helping us greatly since 2004. We have a totally vulnerable population and I have seen a lot of social sensibility from each volunteer that come
s through Global Volunteers. If we didn’t have the support from institutions such us Global Volunteers, I think we couldn’t do management. I have 209 residents (kids) now who have special education needs. Currently, we have 34% of kids who are kids in social risk and who has been apart from their environment and family. Those kids are very demanding and they need special attention, support, treatment and education and because of that we are working on improving and developing the quality of services and attention. Thanks to Global Volunteers, we have now a remodeled dining room and the kids could be able to see each volunteer working on it.
Because of the kids’ situation, it is important for each of them to see and share with volunteers. It has a lot of meaning for each kid to share with a volunteer… it is a feeling… it is more important than a donation given. It is important to see that each volunteer that comes to PPA, comes with a lot of disposition to do things and with a lot of love and dedication like Global Volunteers because each day volunteers and I have interviewed many kids from Miguel Echenique Home, they told me that everyday they have seen volunteers working and sharing moments, conversations and time. It is not only a donation, it is more than that… it is a life lesson that they will remember and keep in their minds and it is great to know that they will have these memories instead of other memories from their families because if they have memories from their families, they are not great and in many cases they are the worst they can have because of the difficulties they lived with them.
I am thankful to Global Volunteers and not only me but all the authorities of the Beneficencia de Lima who recognizes and thanks all the support that you have been giving us.
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