Looking for a Future
The children searched options for their future.
December 6, 2011 - Peru
What to study? Where to go? These two questions are the most common among the teens of NPH Perú. Deciding on a career can be difficult—there are thousands of options and that can feel overwhelming for the children. The problem is, with so many options, how does one choose? In an effort to make the choice easier, our psychologist Fabiola scheduled visits with some educational institutes for the teenagers of NPH. There is no way to guarantee that their decision will be the right one for them, but it will hopefully help to move them closer to a path that feels right.
The first trip was for all the girls and they visited an institute with a variety of different careers. The principal prepared a visit to the different sections and a presentation for the girls. They had opportunities to ask a lot of questions to address doubts and worries. At the end of the trip there were many comments in the van. “Lots of the careers look interesting,” said Leticia. “There are so many options, I can’t possibly choose one,” replied Vilma.
The girls with the principal and Fabiola
The second visit was organized for the boys who went to an institution with a focus on agriculture. It was a productive visit because they were able to learn about the different fields, visit the student residence and try out some great equipment. “I think these tours open their vision about their choices but it also motivates them,” affirmed Fabiola.
Our property is situated in San Vicente de Cañete, two hours from Lima. At the moment we are working on making attendance at university in Lima a possibility for our students in the future, but the educational opportunities in the area of Cañete are vast. The children can become a little apprehensive when they choose a career as they have some understandable fears. “Some of them are afraid of a brand new world that they don’t know, because everything will be new. These are children who will venture outside NPH for the first time, but they don’t need to panic. I’m sure they will grow and their abilities will improve,” explained Fabiola.
Most of the children still have a few years to decide what they want to do after graduation from secondary school, but these trips give them an idea of the sorts of things they can do with their future. Fabiola is very interested in showing the children all the possibilities. “I realize that they want to progress, they want to have a good profession to prove they are capable of doing it and change their lives,” said Fabiola.
It’s understandable to feel a bit lost at this crucial stage. We hope that these visits can help our children to choose a good future for themselves and change the circle of poverty from where they came—as always, we want only the best for them.