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April 11, 2010

posted Apr 11, 2010, 8:53 PM by Henrik Mitsch   [ updated Jan 27, 2013, 8:38 AM ]
Dear friends of Building Dignity,

Amanda Dixon, of Chicago, writes about her experience working at the Center for Development with Dignity (see photos below):

My time working with Building Dignity in La Encantada not only changed my experience living in Lima, but also changed my life. I wish that everyone could have the opportunity to work with an organization like Building Dignity at some point throughout his or her life. In an area like Villa El Salvador it is very easy to look around and only notice the negative. It is very easy to focus on the poverty and what seems to be a lack of possibilities and hope for a better future. However, my experience with Building Dignity showed me how La Encantada is an area with many assets and is an area where people are working to better their situation, their community, and their future.


My time at Building Dignity involved working directly with the children of the community. While it was a hard and tiring experience it was also incredibly rewarding. I was fortunate to work with the future leaders of the community and see, first hand, the hope for the future. I am a strong believer in the power of children and the importance of providing children with opportunities to be involved in productive activities, and that is what Building Dignity does.
Building Dignity provided a safe space for 60+ children to come during their summer vacation, a place for the kids to use their creativity and apply it to arts and crafts projects, as well as the opportunity to enhance their English skills. Building Dignity provided opportunities for the children of the community to be involved in productive activities that will enhance and better their lives.

The mission of Building Dignity is to strengthen the community by training and motivating new leaders, a crucial step in fighting La Encantada’s poverty. My individual experience evidences the ways in which Building Dignity is putting this mission into practice. The children are the future of La Encantada and Villa El Salvador, and after my time working with kids, my heart is filled with a deep happiness and satisfaction because I see a bright future full of potential and opportunity for La Encantada.

When I look back at my 14+ months living in Lima, Peru, my experience working with Building Dignity in La Encantada will be one of the first experiences to come to mind. It is an experience that I will carry in my heart and I am so thankful to have been a part of Building Dignity.

Saludos,
Amanda Dixon




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After over a year in Peru, Amanda now heads off to UC Berkeley to begin a law degree. We wish her the best and look forward to her next visit to Lima!

--Paul

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