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Review for Co Partners Of Campesinas, Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

How fortunate I was to watch the interaction and learning of both US teens and Salvadoran children in a village setting! Our women partners, La Nueva Esperanza, requested help with a camp for their children because rural kids often have little opportunity for new horizons because of distance and the constant need for them to help their family survive. The US teens wanted an opportunity for meaningful hands-on work. Both sides got much more than they bargained for. I watched young ones hone their strategic skills thru learning chess, girls advance school English thru activities and books, map/mural-making help kids discover relationships of distance and size of the layout of their neighborhood, and the most shy find voice in play acting. Not only did the US teens daily learn how to re-group in order to lead well, they also found the enthusiasm of the kids for the smallest things fueled motivation. In preparation for the trip, they collected Spanish readers to create a library at the association and got soccer uniforms donated for the children. Young girls became willing to be assertive and equals in soccer and the final game was a joyous success. Returning to the US, the teens have become advocates for the women and children of Ilobasco and La Nueva Esperanza women continue to support children staying in school.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As volunteer and Board Member, I've been able to witness the steadfastness and growth of La Nueva Esperanza as young women join the sewing classes, gaining new skills and the group overcome obstacles such as loss of site and poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I led a group of teens to rural El Salvador to work in a youth camp.