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Giving Back and Gaining Experience
During summer vacation, our young adults work ‘support hours,’ offering their time and talents to help in several areas of our NPH home. This year one of our young men offered his help in our garden and farm. April 9, 2019 - Peru
Oliverio toils in the garden.
During summer vacation, our young adults work ‘support hours,’ offering their time and talents to help in several areas of our NPH home. This year one of our young men offered his help in our garden and farm.
At NPH Peru, summer vacation falls in December, January, and February. For our oldest children, this means working support hours in the home to give back to the family that raised them when they were younger. Our university students meet with the home directors to find the best work areas to put their skills and talents to good use. Three of them decided to spend two months in our farm to work and learn from its coordinator, Tío Miguel. (Tío and tía, or uncle and aunt, are titles that children use to address our caregivers and staff.)
Oliverio is an aspiring agronomist. He decided to help in the garden to learn more about the plants we eat, how planting and harvesting works, and see more thoroughly the work needed to bring all the fruits and vegetables to our kitchen. For two months, he arrived early in the morning and worked across all areas of our farm.
Throughout his weeks on the farm, most of the time was spent preparing the land for harvest. The team also worked hard to protect the crops against invasive insects, irrigate the fields, and collect ready-to-eat fruits.
Outside of the fields, Oliverio gained experience in construction by helping repair the roads that lead from the home out into the farmland.
Apart from the hard work and great exercise, Oliverio is thankful to have had the opportunity to learn. His weeks in the garden with Tío Miguel allowed him to dive deep into the world of gardening and farming. He hopes to one day have more opportunities to learn more.
Scarleth Mendieta Communication Officer Assistant
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