Toni, Jordi and Amaya are about to embark on their solidarity trip with K-LAGAN to Guatemala.
The day has arrived, today June the 5th, despite the nerves and the recent sad news of the violent eruption of the Fuego volcano, we undertake one of the most special initiatives and the one that we most feel proud of. The K-LAGAN Solidarity Week materialises today. Toni, Jordi and Amaya are the three k-laganers selected to contribute for a week with an international volunteer project in Guatemala, where the situation has stabilized and the country’s authorities assure that it is totally safe to travel there.
The association in charge of coordinating the trip and guiding us through the whole experience is the ONG Voluntariado, which works to raise public awareness about the importance and the role of international volunteering, with the aim of increasing its occurrence and spreading its impact.
The three selected to participate in this incredible experience are: Antoni Tovar, Jordi Tomás and Amaya Fírvida.
All three of them already have prior experience in international volunteering. Amaya in South America, Toni in Africa and Jordi in Europe. Nevertheless, they could not believe it, upon receiving the news that they would participate in this initiative. Amaya commented: “I’m very thrilled, it was a big surprise for me. I thought that the volunteer day would occur on a Saturday in an association or something similar. But I didn’t expect it to be a huge trip!! “Oh, my God, and the experience we will be taking with us!”
Toni, on his behalf, commented upon hearing the news: “I’m still hallucinating. I knew it was going to be a short week, but I thought it would take place somewhere close to here. Maybe even including trips up and down close to home. SURPRISE, we have to cross the puddle!!!! It’ll be exciting, exhaustive, tough, great, wonderful… I’m at a loss for words to describe it. Good for K-LAGAN!”
No one could wait to get more information about the Solidarity Week. Jordi, on his behalf, commented: “I still don’t believe it, it will be a tremendous experience! And I can’t wait for the first meeting, to get more information about the project”.
During the recent Saint George’s Day, on April 23rd, we had the opportunity to hold the first meeting with the team of volunteers and with the trip coordinator, to decide on some aspects, such as the specific dates and the project in which they will participate.
With all their eagerness to help in any way possible, it took them a long time to decide with which project they would collaborate. Finally, the selected project was the one involving the orphaned children, perhaps one of the most underfunded projects, and it takes place in a rural village on the outskirts of the Old City of Guatemala.
The project currently attends to about 40 children between the ages of 3 and 14. Most of the children come from families in the community itself, who are destitute and possess very few economic resources. These communities often witness cases of abuse, intra-familiar aggression, orphaned children, children with various childhood traumas…. Due to the small structure of the project and its lack of resources, its sustainability and maintenance is frequently compromised and is forced to rely on the participation of volunteers and external donations.
Our intrepid k-laganers will participate in school assistance projects and revision tasks, dynamics and motivational games, computer classes, sports sessions, cooking workshops, among others.
They will also have the opportunity to get to know the city of Antigua, as well as some of the other surrounding villages. And if they have the necessary time, they will take the opportunity to learn more about other projects, such as the Centre for Malnourished Babies or the Educational Project for Children with Disabilities.
They are already at the airport! Ready to embark on this great solidarity adventure. They have promised to keep us informed and we hope to be able to provide you with news about this great team during the next days.
We take this opportunity to remind you that this initiative will be repeated in 2019 and that 6 persons will then be selected to participate in this event.