The year 2011 will soon come to a close, but the experiences and memories acquired throughout this year working with Un Mundo have left an incredibly positive mark on my life. All of this time living and sharing with the people of the communities of the Cangrejal and those individuals from our different projects have allowed me to see the true reality and my own reality through another lens, a perspective to assume a more committed, united, understanding and helping other people.
The work that we do involves humble individuals who work with us on different projects, helping me to be even more aware that true change comes from within, and that we each individually are a part of that change within ourselves.
Working on such a wide range of projects this year has allowed me to discover many skills that I did not know I had. One example is the monthly story-time activity and mobile library project have both showed me my talent to tell stories, act, play the part of a clown and be more creative… all of which I have appreciated so much because it has brought lots of laughter and fun to the work and to children, helping us all to forget the pressing problems and needs even for just a moment, planting the seed of hope… helping kids create the habit and desire to read.
My work, the orientation and learning I have acquired in my time working with Un Mundo has helped me to know my past better, understand more clearly my present and plan better for my future. I am sure, without a doubt, that for these reasons the organization has put a significant mark on my life, just as with the lives of all the other people whom which I work, those that further commit and force me each day to be a better person, professional and friend.
Originally written in Spanish by Denis Espinal, Un Mundo Program Director.