LAKE CHAPALA REVIEW
LOVE IN ACTION CHILDREN'S CENTER
CENTRO AMOR EN ACCIÓN
OCTOBER 2010
FRIENDS FROM AFAR

[Deidre and Ria from Ireland]

Love in Action is honored and most grateful to have volunteers and friends come from afar to help out at the Center. Recently, after completing their university degrees, Deidre O’Brien and Ria Dower came from County Kerry Ireland for a two month stay to offer assistance. Their expenses were paid by funds raised by the two young women at home, primarily through charity events supported by personal friends and family.

Deidre and Ria heard about Love in Action through a contact with a local supporter. Ria had already been to Kenya on a previous volunteer project, but stated that many programs require volunteers to donate large sums much of which then goes to administrative costs. The opportunity to help children at Love in Action has no such requirements. Nonetheless, the women plan to donate 1000 Euros to the Center as part of their contribution.

While working initially with the infants in the nursery to prepare them for meals and bedtime at night, Ria and Deidre then expanded their services to work with older girls with art and other classroom lessons for children who are unable to attend school until paperwork is completed. Both claim to be lucky to have this experience and that it has made them more appreciative of the advantages they have in Ireland. Thus, they plan to get involved in more volunteer work when they return. The also commented that the Center could use more volunteers from the local community to assist with preparing meals, socializing with the children and helping guide them to brighter futures.

Other volunteers come to the Center from the United States and Canada. This past summer, a group from a church in Oregon arrived to help construct the successful vegetable garden at the Center. And teams from the Rotary Club helped prepare the site for the new Bazaar.

Another source of volunteers is the Intern Program organized by LiA Board member Weezie Burgess who once ran a large social service organization in Nashville. Weezie recruits volunteers from public service undergraduate and Masters programs in universities. The students are evaluated by Weezie for their work at Love and Action and receive course credit.

Maria from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts did a research project during her four month stay on the effects of abuse on children at the Center. She found that those children who had been abandoned or were abused tended either to withdraw or to act out to obtain more attention. Weezie says her experience with the interns “has been a real joy for me.” She added that all four recent interns have obtained jobs as a result of their multinational work at the Center.

Love in Action thanks all volunteers, both local and from afar, who contribute so much to the health and well-being of the children at the shelter.

Love in Action is honored and most grateful to have volunteers and friends come from afar to help out at the Center. Recently, after completing their university degrees, Deidre O’Brien and Ria Dower came from County Kerry Ireland for a two month stay to offer assistance. Their expenses were paid by funds raised by the two young women at home, primarily through charity events supported by personal friends and family.

Deidre and Ria heard about Love in Action through a contact with a local supporter. Ria had already been to Kenya on a previous volunteer project, but stated that many programs require volunteers to donate large sums much of which then goes to administrative costs. The opportunity to help children at Love in Action has no such requirements. Nonetheless, the women plan to donate 1000 Euros to the Center as part of their contribution.

While working initially with the infants in the nursery to prepare them for meals and bedtime at night, Ria and Deidre then expanded their services to work with older girls with art and other classroom lessons for children who are unable to attend school until paperwork is completed. Both claim to be lucky to have this experience and that it has made them more appreciative of the advantages they have in Ireland. Thus, they plan to get involved in more volunteer work when they return. The also commented that the Center could use more volunteers from the local community to assist with preparing meals, socializing with the children and helping guide them to brighter futures.

Other volunteers come to the Center from the United States and Canada. This past summer, a group from a church in Oregon arrived to help construct the successful vegetable garden at the Center. And teams from the Rotary Club helped prepare the site for the new Bazaar.

Another source of volunteers is the Intern Program organized by LiA Board member Weezie Burgess who once ran a large social service organization in Nashville. Weezie recruits volunteers from public service undergraduate and Masters programs in universities. The students are evaluated by Weezie for their work at Love and Action and receive course credit.

Maria from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts did a research project during her four month stay on the effects of abuse on children at the Center. She found that those children who had been abandoned or were abused tended either to withdraw or to act out to obtain more attention. Weezie says her experience with the interns “has been a real joy for me.” She added that all four recent interns have obtained jobs as a result of their multinational work at the Center.

Love in Action thanks all volunteers, both local and from afar, who contribute so much to the health and well-being of the children at the shelter.

Love in Action is honored and most grateful to have volunteers and friends come from afar to help out at the Center. Recently, after completing their university degrees, Deidre O’Brien and Ria Dower came from County Kerry Ireland for a two month stay to offer assistance. Their expenses were paid by funds raised by the two young women at home, primarily through charity events supported by personal friends and family.

Deidre and Ria heard about Love in Action through a contact with a local supporter. Ria had already been to Kenya on a previous volunteer project, but stated that many programs require volunteers to donate large sums much of which then goes to administrative costs. The opportunity to help children at Love in Action has no such requirements. Nonetheless, the women plan to donate 1000 Euros to the Center as part of their contribution.

While working initially with the infants in the nursery to prepare them for meals and bedtime at night, Ria and Deidre then expanded their services to work with older girls with art and other classroom lessons for children who are unable to attend school until paperwork is completed. Both claim to be lucky to have this experience and that it has made them more appreciative of the advantages they have in Ireland. Thus, they plan to get involved in more volunteer work when they return. The also commented that the Center could use more volunteers from the local community to assist with preparing meals, socializing with the children and helping guide them to brighter futures.

Other volunteers come to the Center from the United States and Canada. This past summer, a group from a church in Oregon arrived to help construct the successful vegetable garden at the Center. And teams from the Rotary Club helped prepare the site for the new Bazaar.

Another source of volunteers is the Intern Program organized by LiA Board member Weezie Burgess who once ran a large social service organization in Nashville. Weezie recruits volunteers from public service undergraduate and Masters programs in universities. The students are evaluated by Weezie for their work at Love and Action and receive course credit.

Maria from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts did a research project during her four month stay on the effects of abuse on children at the Center. She found that those children who had been abandoned or were abused tended either to withdraw or to act out to obtain more attention. Weezie says her experience with the interns “has been a real joy for me.” She added that all four recent interns have obtained jobs as a result of their multinational work at the Center.

Love in Action thanks all volunteers, both local and from afar, who contribute so much to the health and well-being of the children at the shelter.

If you would like to learn more about the Love In Action Center, visit our website at loveinactioncenter.org Guests are welcome to visit the Center in Chapala at Pedro Moreno #76. To learn more about all the Center’s volunteer opportunities, contact Dave at volunteers@loveinactioncenter.org. To schedule a visit call Dina Oropeza between 10 and 2 Monday through Friday at 765-7409 or director@loveinactioncenter.org

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