Daisy Gallegos Reflection
Updated: Oct 1, 2019
First, a big thank you!
Thank you for allowing me to go to Haiti this year. It was an amazing experience, that I will never be able to forget. I learned so many things, some of them being that not everywhere in the world is as fortunate as we are, not everyone has a roof to live on, and not everyone is able to eat three meals a day. When I came back home, I realized that I have no right to complain about little insignificant things. During my time there, I was at the school for the first week of our visit there and I saw how different the children are to those from America, and also how different they are to kids in Mexico, and I came to the conclusion that those kids are happy in where they live.
American children tend to complain about not having certain things that they want or they complain about having used clothing, and then kids in Mexico try to appear as if they have money, when in reality they don’t, and it’s a constant competition between them there; and then there’s the kids in Haiti, they were so different. I remember seeing them with long sleeve shirts, or pants, or sweaters, and in my head I was like, “aren’t they hot?” And then I realized that those were probably the only pieces of clothing that they had and they weren’t complaining. Or when we first gave them lunch at the school, the kids that got their food first did not touch their food until they all had it. That was one of the most impactful things that I saw because even though they were all hungry, they waited for the rest of the kids.
Overall, being able to spend time with the kids was amazing. Being able to give them attention, and play with them made me feel like a little kid again. I’m only eighteen, but it was great to feel like a kid running around the playground playing soccer, throwing a frisbee, or even painting the girls nails. I just had a great time, I’m glad I was able to experience this at such a young age.