Volunteering

Trip Start Jan 06, 2012
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Trip End May 08, 2012


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Flag of Peru  , Lima,
Sunday, March 18, 2012

    Today I had the pleasure of volunteering at a hospital in San Isidro in the poorer area of Lima.  It was very eye opening for me.  A friend of mine volunteers their every Sunday and invited me and two other to help her out.  When we finally arrived at the hospital, I was very confused because I saw no tall buildings or clean areas.  All I could see was a large metal fence that looked like it held a parking lot.  When they opened the fence and let us in, I was taken aback because there were only 4 small one-floor buildings.  It looked like the camps you send your kids to in the summer but not so nice.  
    We were led to a small shed were the students and doctors keep there purses and put on their white jackets.  They introduce themselves and split us up into different areas to help with.  I was put in pediatrics with my friend Amelia and my other friend Adriana was sent to psychology. I noticed that a lot of the "nurses/doctors" were very young and it turns out that they were not doctors or even nurses yet, they were students practicing here.      
    The whole area, including the buildings were not sanitary in any way.  The pediatrics room that I was in consisted of one very broken desk,  two torn up leather beds, empty walls except for one old small poster of two kids reading, the paint was peeling, the one sink had a bucket full of water under the faucet to catch the leaking water, and the floors were dirty and the small children were dropping there toys on it and picking it up and putting them in their mouths.  Sanitation did not seem to be the main focus here.  I was literally heart broken because of the conditions there.  
    The one doctor that was assigned to look after the students was clearly over-worked but truly wanted to help these people.  Very few of the students looked like they knew what they were doing and were constantly asking each other for advice.  The students were obviously educated but I am not sure how much of it was with dosages or anything like that.  I could definitely tell that these people cared for the children.  They were giving their best and were very caring with the children.
    Outside of the office was filled with lines of children and there families waiting for there turn and because of this, our small room was divided with two curtains to make it into three rooms.  The room was pact with people.  There was about six students, one doctor, 3 official patients plus their families, and Amelia and I trying to entertain the children.  
    Some of the problems the children had was a cold, depression and another child had been kicked by her brother and was having memory loss because of this.  I fell in love with two gorgeous twins girls that were less than a year old.  They were adorable and had matching outfits of a pink dress, red stockings, purple shoes and their brown short hair in high pigtails.  Their older sister looked like she was the one looking after them, this was a shame because she looked to be only 7 years old.  She was already so mature watching her two twin sisters and caring for them.  I was very impressed with her but at the same time I was really upset about it because she was so young.  A lot of the parents that came in were very young, mostly my age.  
    Today has given me a lot to think about.  I am even more thankful for everything back home and I appreciate my life even more.  I hope that I will have time to go back and volunteer again.  
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