3/18: Villa El Salvador, morning to lunch

Today was supposed to be filled with home visits to some of the abuelos. A lot of them were not home but we were told of their living situations. WE did get to meet Julia who was a complete sweetheart! She grew up in the area of the Highlands where she didn’t go to school because she was a girl and instead stayed home to cook, clean, and take care of the farm animals. I asked her what she liked to do as a kid, she said she enjoyed dolls and would just play with the other kids. The boys liked using slingshots so I told her how Grandma got her blind eye and we all laughed.

Tony, the Los Martincitos director, drove around with us and Juan Carlos, showing us around Villa since no abuelos were around. It’s a heavily impoverished area: countless stray dogs, tin or no roofing for houses. Dirt roads, bright colors, hostels and religious places all over. We went to the same Catholic school Tony went to when he was a niño. The children were so happy to wave and shout hello’s at us as a collective. By far Villa is my favorite place, it opens your eyes to the basic problems that live here but not in the US. It makes me want to do more.

Reminder: be the change you want to see in this world.

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