Hi everyone! I just wanted to write a quick note before I finish my 7-months volunteering with HPHA.
I cannot believe how quickly time has passed… I feel like I’m only getting started! But it’s time for me to move on to the next adventure, and so I leave you with a few words.
It has been a sincere pleasure working as a member of this incredibly dedicated and hardworking team. With such focus, with such heart, with such commitment to the cause, both the employees and volunteers work every day to create an atmosphere of inclusion and growth both within the office and out in the field. A staff that welcomes people in from all over the world and makes them feel comfortable despite a tenuous grasp of the language (at least in the beginning) – it’s a wonderful thing.
I’ve learned a great deal about working in the field, with volunteers and with families, and about the struggles faced by marginalized families, as well as the importance of making sure that the programs offered help and empower the community at hand. On my last day, it seems that I don’t have the right words to articulate what I want to express (a rare thing for me!), but I can say without hesitation that this experience has been fulfilling in innumerable ways, personally, professionally, intellectually.
The housing situation is a complex issue in Argentina, as is running a non-profit in a country whose government does not provide any extra support to such organizations. They struggle with the same bureaucratic burdens as do private companies, making each achievement that much more of a success. And despite this, I have the utmost faith in the ability of my former colleagues (and now friends) to continue creating new and sustainable opportunities for families in need of housing.
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” ~ Maya Angelou