Maria Paza’s situation when she first came to Pan de Vida and her situation now are entirely different. When she first came, she was living alone, separated from her husband. Her home was not the very sanitary, and the ceiling was covered with newspaper.
She barely had any room in her kitchen and she was working as a housekeeper to try to provide for her children.
There are a bunch of chickens running around in front of Maria Tigasi´s house, trying to enter if they can get away with it. However, none of them belong to Maria. They all belong to her brother, who owns the house that they live in.
Because their uncle is the one who owns their one room house, they don´t have to pay rent. But that means that their only affordable option is to live in a home that has one room, no kitchen or bathroom, and six people.
Katty Espinoza couldn´t think of a single thing she was proud of when I asked her. Of all the things she has done in her life, she couldn´t think of anything. She had similar difficulties thinking of her talents, though she eventually thought of some things that she does well.
She likes to help people, and she feels that she is good at cleaning her house and washing clothes.
We also need volunteers to help with some of our special programs such as Hit Squads, Micro-business program, Kid’s Club, etc.
Pan de Vida accepts interns to work with us for a period of 1 month up to 1 year. All persons interested in interning with us must fill out an application and be accepted by the board of Pan de Vida.
Interns are directly involved in helping develop our front-line projects which include but are not limited to the micro-business program, teen ministry, feeding program, summer camps, and HIT squads as well as communication, planning activities, recruiting volunteers, and logistics. You can expect at least half of your time to be spent on the front line projects working directly with our beneficiaries and half of it spent on the administrative side. We generally work with each applicant to try to tailor your experience considering both your gifts and talents as well as our ministry needs.
The cost of the internship depends on the length of the internship. You will be asked to raise your own support to cover your airfare, travel insurance, room and board, personal expenses, language classes, and personal travel.
Upon acceptance into the internship, we will create an account for you to be able to raise funds tax deductible through our 501c3. Any funds raised are non refundable. Pan de Vida will find you a host home for your stay and be responsible for picking you up and dropping you off from the airport on the day of your arrival and departure.