“For me, it was very difficult to come to the other side of the world and to leave my family behind in the UK. Before I decided to come, I asked my children for permission to go abroad. After explaining what I would be doing, they were proud of daddy helping other children in the world. I am doing my social work placement at a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works in two impoverished districts, located on the North Coast in Peru. The primary aim of the NGO is to enable children living in this area to realise their right to education. From a holistic point of view, families are seen as the principal force in the lives of children. Therefore, the focus within the work I do is on the four pillars of family development: education, economically stable families, emotional well-being, and healthy and safe home environments. I work directly with the community to empower them to make sustainable changes. The NGO made me open my eyes to how poverty affects individuals, families and communities. Before I came to Peru, I took life for granted, like always having hot water, enough food. Here it can be the opposite for some families. For example, food is expensive for them. I sometimes feel guilty about that, knowing that there’s always somebody that’s worse off than you. I see the importance of money now more than ever. Even though it is sometimes hard for me being here, I speak to my wife and daughters every day. I miss them like hell, but I know that I want to help others and to give something back to society. And that’s what keeps me in Peru.”


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