Por Maricarmen Valdivieso (Nexos Comunitarios)
Our community first began to form in 2008, when we began working in Urubamba under Nexos Voluntarios. The years of hard work and constant dedication enabled us to better understand the reality of the region, their culture, their geography; to recognize our limitations and fixed our mistakes along the way.
In mid-2013, along with my colleagues we started to discuss arduously of how to improve our work, how to mitigate any negative impact, and little by little truly accompany the communities in their process of development. Following lengthy discussions, we concluded that it is best to implement a new development model.
In 2014, with the intention to express the lengthy planning process in an efficient manner, and after many failed attempts to work within our existing institutional structure, in 2013, we agreed it was best to form a new organization. A new organization that would continue the work started in 2008, which is why we created Nexos Comunitarios.
This is our organization’s first newsletter and we would like to inform you briefly of what we are doing, who participates in our work and how we want to fulfill our mission which only seeks to promote freedom and exercising of one’s rights through Responsible Human Development joined with populations that live in poverty and are socially excluded.
We are taking our time in placing a strong foundation to ensure the best for the fruits of our labor. However, we have no doubt that this is the best thing for our community.
As the director of Nexos Comunitarios and having worked in our community since 2009, I have witnessed the efforts of my fellow colleagues and the setbacks and successes that have been achieved, for example, recently with our Lunch Program in Cuncani.
However this year, I have very pleasantly been surprised and very happy after reading the articles and testimonials of our new community members, where I discovered something that little by little we began to forget: that we need to BE the change.
Each person that has worked with us this year not only expressed, but demonstrated their desire to be better, working together to better serve others. The outcomes so far have been a product of: constant teamwork and discussions among members, seeking to learn from one another understanding different views, all with one goal in mind: promoting Responsible Human Development.
And if that was not enough, these months of hard work and learning, have given us marvelous months in our lives and we are also grateful. Grateful to have a great time with the children in Cuncani; meetings with Tiburcio, Marleny, Carmen y others in Media Luna; to start learning more and more about the members of Choquecancha; and last but not least, that we are including young students (Peruvian and international) that demonstrate their desire to learn from others and about themselves while learning about the Andean culture and history. For this and much more, I cannot say it enough: THANK YOU!