Wiping fingers full of boogers off on pink toilet paper, frantically cradling and cooing at screaming babies during naptime, fending off hoards of toddlers from yanking at my hair… these are a few of the many “locuras” that make up my daily job. I’m utterly enchanted by it. Jordyn Beaty, one of my dearest friends, and I serve as volunteers in two different guarderías (daycares) throughout the week, both of which are projects within the social program branch of Fundación Arco Iris. One guardería is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of La Paz, while 90% of the children in the other guardería is the child of a prostitute. Some of these kids physically have nothing, and many of them are mistreated at home, yet rarely does one see a face light up with such intense joy over a simple box of legos as I do every day when I bring the toys out to the children. Just the other day, I couldn’t help but melt as, the minute I sat down against the wall, a mass amount of little kids fought their way for the place on my lap. I learn so much from every child; despite the seemingly loveless lives many of them lead, their love for one another and the guardería volunteers simply oozes out of them. Sometimes I just can’t believe that my day-to-day job is hanging out with outrageously adorable kids all day. We paint, we laugh, we cry, we nap, we eat, we jump, we play, we have the time of our lives in the guarderías.
Teens with a purpose are powerful and effective. They are motivating and inspiring, filled with passion and unquestionable zeal and energy that is
absolutely contagious. The HOPE team would be sorely lacking without the fire that Brie Broyles and Jordyn Beaty provide. Their commitment and love for the children is obvious each day when they walk in to the day care to the sound of children cheering their arrival. Their love will leave handprints on these children’s hearts forever.