Often times I have wonder why do we have so many non-governmental organisations, NGOs, in and around Antigua Guatemala. Also, I have wondered why do we have so many volunteers come over to Guatemala and give up their vacation or their walk-about time to help x or y project. I believe I have some answers now for both of these questions.
In general, of course, as the answers are unique to each individual. It is my opinion that we have so many NGOs in Guatemala because we have a failed state and government that is not doing its job or providing the services and assistance it is supposed to do. In this absence, NGOs come in to fill the vacuum.
The answer for the other question is, in my opinion, that people in general like to feel useful and able to change and improve things and in other parts of the world, oftentimes, we feel useless and powerless to change that things we believe could be better. In Guatemala, in the other hand, volunteers feel empowered and satisfied to see their efforts are put to good use and they can see it and feel it as they improve the lives of those in need.
Such is the case with this volunteer from the U.S. who is donating her vacation time to help fight malnourishment in Guatemala through the efforts of Casa Jackson, a Guatemalan center for malnourished infants, a project housed by La Asociacion Nuestros Ahijados (The GOD’S CHILD Project), in the village of San Felipe de Jesús, Antigua Guatemala. K was in her break and even then she gave her attention and iPad to a kid who sat next to her.
To see the satisfaction of the eyes of volunteers such a her, is rewarding. I am happy to be able to document their work and efforts and help other photojournalism students do the same is just as rewarding to me.
Since opening in 2008, Casa Jackson has grown, through the grace of God and the support of thousands of volunteers and benefactors worldwide. With one simple click, you can change the life of a child forever..
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