For Gladys, her experience with the “Children Affected by Migration” project has been rewarding. She is surprised to see how children express themselves, their handling of information about migration and the effect it has on them both directly and indirectly. There are children who have parents who are in other countries and other children who have the fear that their parents will make the decision to leave; spending time with them has changed her perspective on life, it has been a total change at a personal and professional level.
“Like any project, it has had its advantages and disadvantages,” says Gladys, pointing out that working with children is a little tiring, as they are growing and full of energy.
But the biggest difficulty is not working with small children, but their parents, who sometimes don’t show enough support to the project, when following up with a treatment in suggested. “We refer children who are going to receive psychological care who are being emotionally affected, so in that case we’ve had a little rejection from the parents because they go into denial,” said Gladys.
Regarding the development of the project, Gladys commented that all the activities that have been carried out have been incredible. These activities are carried out according to a methodological script, showing the competence of all volunteers in their work, both volunteer psychologists and those who are part of the support provided by the municipality.
Gladys began volunteering at the Honduran Red Cross as a student at the University; the Honduran Red Cross was the first organization where she began to develop what she had learned in the career of Psychology. The project “Children Affected by Migration”, has been a way to grow professionally, since it allows her to put into practice what she learned, helping her to better understand the work with children.
“It is an incredible experience. To understand the mentality of children, how creative they are; to work with teachers, who are often unfamiliar with the proper way to support a child, and showing them techniques to help them with an emotional problem”, says Gladys excited.
After asking her if she would volunteer for the Honduran Red Cross again, she said yes, sharing the anecdote that she was once ill but when she recovered, she returned to the organization without hesitation, making the Honduran Red Cross part of her life.