When I heard, a group of homies will be in Santa Cruz around Easter, I decided to extend my stay and join them for a while. It’s a traveller group of a voluntary organization called Samaipata Verein from my hometown Saalfeld. An organization, which collects donations to build and maintain homes for homeless kids in Bolivia. My family is connected to the organization since ages, it’s time for me to learn a bit more about their work as well. I’ll accompany the group for a week.
The first day started with a visit of the two main projects. Two children’s homes, one for girls and one for boys. It’s a catholic project. We walked through the homes, had a look into the dorms, bathrooms and common areas and observed the quite organized everyday life. Hard to believe these little kids have to grow up without parents, because they’re either drug addicted or already dead.
The language barrier and a first shyness made it a bit hard to communicate, but I hope it will be a bit easier the next days. At least we exchanged some hugs and smiles, little acts for which speaking is unnecessary.