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Saying Good-bye | Nourish International

August 20, 2010 | Posted in 2010, Peru, UT Austin | By

Well it’s now been a week and a half since we’ve left the communities of Chipaota & Chazuta. In our last days there, we attempted to say our goodbyes to all the wonderful people that we had formed relationships with over the past 2.5 months. Needless to say, it was saddening to bid our new friends farewell, not knowing when we might see them again. Such was especially the case for me on the last day as I comforted three young sobbing boys that I had grown quite fond during my stay.

One the many things that this trip has taught me is that the formation and development of relationships with the community with which you are working with is not only personally rewarding, but it is also critical to the success & sustainability of almost any project. I’ve come to realize that when some nonprofit organizations provide support for community development, that they will sometimes operate at such a macro level that they never really have the opportunity to develop intimate relationships with the communities to which they are offering the support. Such was the case with a couple organizations that I encountered this summer, and to me, it is saddening that they are missing out on the richness that such relationships have to offer. This is one of the qualities that I truly appreciate about Nourish International, that it sends not only funding to impoverished communities, but just as importantly, it sends volunteers, volunteers that will forge friendships with people they would have otherwise never have known. My new friends back in Peru, from the lil 10 years old kids to the elderly, hold a very special place in my heart. I will truly miss them while I am away and can’t wait to get back to see them again.

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