It can be easy these days to want to fend for ourselves. But now more than ever, we must look out for one another. In fact, that’s the whole mantra behind social distancing: we will protect everyone when we all do our part.
That’s what our friend John felt this week (not his real name, we changed it for his protection). John is a Peruvian we met while doing work in Cusco who jumped right in to volunteer with our program. When he saw the updates of what our Venezuelan friends in Lima were up against under quarantine, he jumped even higher. John himself doesn’t have much money, and is using what he does make to pay off his family’s debt. But this week when he saw our greater need he immediately donated 1000 soles (~330 USD) to our team in Lima. That is more than any of the Venezuelans could have made in a whole week before the quarantine.
That alone is incredible and very touching, as John’s situation is so precarious. But there’s something that makes it even more impactful: John is Peruvian. In a time when Venezuelans are not widely welcomed in Peru, the smallest act of kindness also becomes an act of courage.
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