Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Be selfless - as it is contagious.

While I was at work today, a young girl hesitantly came into the office with her messenger bag and a
few books in hand. I asked her if I could help her and she almost reluctantly didn't want to answer. I figured it was because of the headphones I had on at the time. I told her not to worry and that I would be happy to help her. Although she approached me speaking English, she quickly grew more comfortable once she knew I was bilingual. We continued in Spanish.

She began to tell me that she was medical student in Latin America and was part of a program sponsored by a reputable hospital in the area. The program's mission is to give the students the opportunity to earn tuition money via donations, teach them English, and allow them to build friendships that will last a lifetime. She expressed to me that her parents in her home country were unable to fund her education and the high interest rates for student loans made them almost inaccessible. 

We talked about many things from my recent travels to Mexico, the U.S. presidential election, and even Monarch Memoirs. I told her about my initiative and she began to tell me that she comes across many people who have immigration stories. Specifically, a recent encounter she had with an undocumented woman she met while fundraising. The woman became overwhelmed after speaking with the girl that she broke down in tears. The young girl's immediate reaction was to pray for the woman and leave her one of the books she was giving away even if it meant not receiving a donation.

It amazes me that she felt compelled to help a complete stranger while seeking help for herself. It's wonderful to see how kind and selfless we can be, but it is also heartbreaking to know that many undocumented people continue to struggle everyday. This is why it is SO important for us to become a voice for the voiceless.