Thursday, June 11, 2015

Raquel Pena writes the final blog for volunteering and participation for inclusion cohort 12


My name is Raquel Peña, I am the in country team leader in Volunteer and Participation for Inclusion Project, after 10 weeks full of challenges, ups and downs, mixed feelings, is a pleasure to present the results of team work as cohort 12 .

 It has been a very successful cohort for the project, working with two very demanding partners, 

I am very proud of the results we have achieved as a team, Best Buddies Bolivia conducted
28 workshops for people with intellectual disabilities focus on money management, increasing
their self-esteem and confidence. We also had a workshop on social relationships and 14
sessions of artistic expression workshop, where we put together choreography for the song
"with a little help of my friends".
We had two events to raise awareness, particularly to the families of the buddies on the barriers
which people with disabilities have to pass and the independence and autonomy of each of them.

With our other partner, the Volunteers Association Against Child Cancer (AVCCI), we conducted
four workshops about nutrition and emotional support for parents with children with cancer, offering 
them a space to come together, to share their experiences and learn new nutritious recipes. We do
a trip to the park Las Cholas, to let children be children, a space for fun and sharing.

We partake of the blood donation event at the Catolica University, making many young people to donate
blood for children with cancer. We were also part of the campaign 10% for health, accompanying the
AVCCI team to promote in different television channels in order that the general budget of the Bolivian
state give the 10% to health, which will give free treatment to children with cancer in Bolivia.

As an initiative of the team, we went to San Juan Tarde School in El Alto, to give four workshops on what 
cancer is and how to have healthier lifestyle habits that prevent different diseases.
These achievements have been done because I have been fortunate to have two excellent cooperantes
 tecnicos who have given me their unconditional support and their professional skills for each task .
 Thank you Mateo and Debbie.

But none of this would have been possible without this team of five outstanding volunteers who were in Bolivia
for the right reasons, as Mahatma Gandhi were here to say "Be the change you want to see in the world",
Zeeshan (more known as chichan), proactive and hardworking, Lizzy (guapa!!!) assertive and very organized, 
Nat (hoooola chica) intelligent and creative, Sean (born ready for this) artist and dreamer, Cerian
 (the youngest of the group) responsible and quiet.

It has been an unforgettable experience, I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful team and
have shared with amazing  people, who I am already missing,  
because I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future.



No comments:

Post a Comment