Giving back is one of the most valuable things we can do to make this world a better place. Without a doubt, everyone has needs; however, you can contribute to others in some small way too. I used to donate money to organizations that shared my core values. Recently, I have decided, however, to donate my skills, time, money and/or food.
These are pictures that show my journey in donating food. First I looked for hard-working men, women and children in Ciudad Juarez (border city in Mexico) and offered them two bags of groceries. In my journey, I learned that the bags could have been lighter so that people could carry them easier and I would put a bill or a gift card in the future.
One of my primary goals is to spread the vision that dedication and hard work will bring good fortune and opportunities to your life. Therefore, continue striving to do your best and be ready for when opportunity comes knocking at your door.
These are from the time when I got these to be donated to an elementary school in Juarez. Little did I know that all this paperwork was needed for customs to cross the border. So we ended up renting a storage unit and everyone took a set over the border, which was just fine and no paperwork was needed, only plenty of people. A month later we finally delivered them and the kids would ask their teachers, "Ms. who gets the new chairs? Is it the A students?"
The chairs were in no way new, but they were a thousands times better than what they had. Also, I could only get a classroom set, which was further divided into 3 or 4 classrooms when we got there.
It was a very humbling experience to say the least and a reminder that our actions matter and can make a difference in someone's life.
Daughters of Destiny is the name of the Netflix documentary that showed me someone who is pursuing my million dollar dream-- to open a boarding school for children stricken with extreme poverty so that they can break the cycle and uplift themselves, their families and their communities. So naturally, I attended Shanti Bhavan Gala to contribute in the building of their second school. So honored to have met some of the girls from India whose lives have been for ever changed.
Shanti Bhavan School empowers children from India’s lowest socioeconomic class to break the cycle of generational poverty through education, leadership, and compassion.
One of my goals is to improve the well being of humankind by preventing and solving social problems. There is an abundance of love and it's our right and our responsibility to empower others to the best of our current ability through compassion and action.
One of the best experiences of mi life has been volunteering at Hogar San Francisco de Asis in Peru.
There, Dr. Anthony Lazzara treats children that require specialized, 24/7 medical attention. Some kids actually live there and some others stay only for a couple of months or as long as it's needed. The house hosts volunteers, as well as full time nurses, a cook and Dr. Lazzara himself. The top pictures are taken at the house and at the neighborhood park while the bottom pictures are taken at a house where the kids are invited once a year for a feast full of delicious food (not that the food at the house is not delicious) and a great restful evening.