Read about Jaime Teran's experience volunteering at Movement Smile.
Jaime Teran from Cochabamba, Bolivia volunteers
his time and talents for a group called Movement
Smile. This group of young volunteers organizes
activities that help lift the spirits of patients,
especially children, in his city’s hospital.
kind of philanthropy did you participate in?
I’m a Movement Smile member. It’s a young volunteer
group, with about 20-25 members. All of us are
students. We’re around 20 active members here.
And we’re planning to grow! We work at the city’s
hospital, especially with the children. We do
two kinds of work there: First, we spend time
with the children, painting, drawing and playing
a lot! The second part of our work is to get
money to pay for the medicines and bills. For
this, we’re constantly organizing activities,
like shows, movies, etc... It´s a hard work,
but I love it!
did you get the idea to get involved?
Jaime: Well, one
day I thought that I lived in a "fish tank,"
I mean, taking care only of my needs, and outside,
there are so many people, children especially,
that need more than me! Fortunately, I knew
some friends with similar conclusions, so we
said... let´s work!
Where were you working?
Jaime: We’re working
at the city’s hospital, named "Viedma"
hospital, with the children and sometimes with
the adults section, too.
What was the best thing about your experience with philanthropy?
Jaime: Most of the people in the hospital
are depressed, especially when they don’t have
the money to pay for their treatments. When
you go there and make a bit of a difference,
for example contacting with a family, this little
thing encourages the patients and probably they’ll
want to be cured as soon as possible.
What was the hardest part of your project?
Jaime: In my country, according to the latest
census, 2/3 of the people live in extreme poverty,
so, most of the people in the hospital can’t
pay for the drugs and bills to be cured. Getting
money, that’s the hardest part of our work,
but, it’s not impossible, I’m sure.
What would you say to someone else who is thinking of
getting involved with some kind of philanthropy?
Jaime: Let’s do it! Each person can make the difference in other
lives, and it’s in a personal way, not similar
to all, You need only close your eyes...try
to feel, to see the another person... and to
How have you changed as a result of your
experience participating in philanthropy?
Jaime: Really, I don’t know who’s benefited
the most... The children? or me? Those kids
have changed my life. Nowadays, I keep trying
“to love my neighbor as myself.”
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