Keely left Cali yesterday after a week of teaching, loving and exploring. In her absence, I feel like a different phase of work has begun here in Colombia.
One of things that Keely is really good at (there are umpteen million
more) is seeing the big picture of things and focusing on sustainable
change. While she was here, she really opened my eyes to the kind of
change I want to make. For the past month, I have been working
one-on-one with a dozen or so little ones at Chiquitines. While I have
seen improvements, both big and small, in their motor skills, social
interaction and independence, I know that rate of change will most
likely come to a startling halt when I leave. Unless I do something
Yes, it is great to work with the kids and see their development kick
start with lots of love and hands-on therapy. Yes, I think they need
all the attention they can get because I’m only here for two months.
I’m only here for two months.
I’m only here for three more weeks.
What happens when I leave?
How can I make Chiquitines a better place to nurture love and growth not only now but AFTER I’m gone?
Answer: I spend as much time doing caregiver training and education
as possible, try to make small, feasible structural changes and
hope/pray like crazy that as a result, I leave this place at least a
smidgeon better than I found it.
So… here is to Phase Two. To making the change last.