Kelly Nuckolls, Senior, Political Science
I did not truly know the face of global poverty until I stepped foot in Guatemala. The scenes I saw, the young children, frail elderly and mentally and physically disabled made me realize, in the United States the homeless and poor in a majority of situations are living the middle class life of a developing country. Yet the people of Guatemala are strong-willed, hard-working, intelligent people with a desire to share and help each other. The girls we worked with at the school brought lunches that consisted of only a piece of bread, or only one orange, or only a bag of candy, or maybe nothing at all. These little girls shared what little they had with one another. They inspired me to continue to try and improve the world in order to give these smart intelligent children the chance to become the global leaders I know they can become.
Corey Emberton, Graduate, Masters of Human Health and Performance
All the young orphans there were outstanding and had so much to offer. I worked with a guy named Julio for those two days. Julio had cerebral palsy but that did not slow him down. He was always happy to see us each day and was so smart. He did not speak any English but communicated with me through a list of words and pictures he had listed in a binder especially for him. The second day with the orphanage we were able to take them to the park. It was sad because they don’t get that opportunity often due to the little amount of staff they have. We had only spent two days at the orphanage, but there will be memories that will last forever. Both placements inspired me, and I will continue to help others in need no matter what.
Jennie Lane, Senior (Virtual Student), Information Networking & Web Development
Our work there as volunteers was not just about painting these murals, but also about our behavior as a women, so the girls in this small school would then witness women with character, a strong sense of self and well-being. I believe that this would have just as great an impact on them as the murals we were commissioned to paint that explained to them their rights and obligations. The very last mural that we painted was “Hands without arms are hands without violence. Construct peace and disarm the violence”. As the majority of femicides that occur in Guatemala occur from hands holding a gun, I can only hope that somehow this will have an impact on the children.
They (Free Mission Wheelchairs) are made out of plastic lawn chairs, off-road bicycle tires and a few other parts. If ever someone is looking for an organization to donate to I would highly recommend Free Wheelchair Mission as I have witnessed first-hand the good work that their product does for those in need. After building the chairs we also had the opportunity to interact and help care for the children, whose ages ranged from then late teens to the late twenties. Having had a chance to interact with these kids brought home the message that everyone needs love but also has love to offer, no matter what their circumstance.
No matter where we drove it was impossible not to pass by some portion of the city where people were living in conditions that would not only be unacceptable in our country but they would not be allowed. No running water, no refrigerated food, a tin room that is 10 x 10 for a home to who knows have many people. Such an uphill battle it seems to offer help and support to those who need it. For this, I commend Cross Cultural Solutions and Fort Hays for providing us with such an opportunity, I have been impacted in so many good ways, the most important being that no matter how much or how little I may have, I can always do something to help others that truly need it.Tweet