Hazlo con amor

During the May 2013 program, the words “Hazlo con amor” were brought up frequently by the participants.

So, I thought it would be a good idea to ask the people closest to us right now about what it means to do something with love, and how they can relate it to their own life right now. I spoke with the individuals who are with SIA over their entire summer, which includes me, and the Peruvian team of SIA who is always there to help.

No matter how small or large the task is, do it with your whole heart. Approach and accomplish the duty entirely with love.IMG_1497results do not matter; it’s the efforts that were made along the way that do. Whether you’re teaching a child how to eat on their own, or trying to shift the perspectives of an entire community, do it with an open mind and a heart full of love.” – Heather Law

“To me, life is all about doing things selflessly. From the moment we’re born, our parents give us selfless and unconditional love. When we look back at our childhood and remember our favorite teachers, we remember thoseparticular people because they taught us with so much love and with a selfless devotion to teaching. When we meet the love of our lives, we invest all our energy in showering that person with selfless love – we often can’t explain why we love someone so much…we just do. How amazing is that…really…that we just find someone, out of the billions of people in this world, we find someONE, who we WANT to love – who we want to just be with. Who we want to be good to, who we want to hold tight to and never let go.

To love is to be selfless. when you do something selflessly – without thinking about your own gain and benefit – you are doing it out of love.” – Avantika Mathur

Hazlo con Amor- To find harmony in life you must find the balance of happiness and peace. Happiness arises when you are passionate about what you do and find value in your own actions. I have always loved working with children and watching them grow and explore the world around them. Solidarity in Action has given me the opportunity not only to interact with children of all ages and abilities, but also to use my own strengths to enhance their play and learning. Alongside my fellow team members, I have been able to teach English classes, develop programs, and work closely with the children of the community and the nearby public school. Through my interactions I have learned that children, no matter their gender, age, or background, truly benefit from love and care. Sharing a smile, a short greeting, or a hug can change a child’s outlook for the day and potentially for a lifetime. A child can experience one positive interaction in a day and their entire demeanor can change. I have watched many children transform their behavior simply by taking the time to interact one-on-one with them. My passion lies in creating a positive environment for children and watching them grow and development into loving, and caring individuals. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Julie Ingriselli

“The connection you feel when a person who speaks no English, understands your message with your half broken Spanish. When a little girl sees you from 30 feet away and runs the entire way to come jump into your arms. When my 643879_10152053714331038_1229035475_nfriend Jose asks me when I will return to Peru. All the feelings I get in those moments are results of doing it with love; Hazlo con amor. Its a feeling that words can not describe, doing something with love means that you leave all the negativity in the world behind you, and look into the bright future, amazing possibilities, and the smiling faces that impact your lives. Its simple, what ever you do, just put your ALL into it. – Mansi Parasher

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Today a new group of volunteers were introduced to the community. Although I only spent a brief morning with them, I can already tell they are welcoming this experience with open arms and an open mind. They got to walk around the community to get a better understanding of how things work, and met the SIA team.

“Life itself is your teacher and you are in a state of constant learning” -B.L

Mansi Parasher

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