A dream is born in the heart of every child, with a yearning to do something bigger than themselves. With innocence and imagination they paint a world as colorful as their crayons, where they become the heroine or hero of their story. There are no limits or boundaries to those who believe and dream, that is until someone or something shakes them out into a reality they accept for their lives, and leave their dreams forgotten.
In America, it’s easy for children to be everything they wish to be. In places like Cusco, not everyone has the chance to go to school and get an education where that alone can feel like a lifelong dream. When I was in Peru and visited Cusco, I visited Escuela San Sebastian, a school built by the organization called Helping Hands Cusco. Their mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged children, families and the community, while focusing on education and community building.
Rosa, one of the founders of the school, explained to me how in this area of Cusco, many kids do not have the privilege to attend school. Through Helping Hands and with the help of many volunteers, they were able to build the school to provide a safe environment for children to get an education. There are many ways to get involved and become a volunteer. Many college students spend their summers assisting with the classes and helping the teachers. They also receive donations, monetary from clothing, to school supplies.
It was such a warming feeling to see the kids’ faces light up when they saw the school supplies my friends and I had donated. It is incredible how such a small contribution can make a difference in a child’s life. I believe that when a child is given the tools and the opportunity to get an education, they are given permission to dream and grow.
If you are interested in learning more about Helping Hands Cusco and how you can contribute to this organization, click here