Recently a group of Valpo Surf Project students paid a visit to Hogar Jesus Niño, an orphanage for infants and toddlers located in Valparaíso’s Cerro Barón neighborhood, for an afternoon of giving back to their community. Janika Jacobs, a full time volunteer with the Valpo Surf Project since October 2012, has been working at the orphanage to augment her volunteer efforts in Valparaíso. She organized a trip for our students to give back to some much younger and less fortunate residents of the city.
For an afternoon the VSP students and volunteers brought some much needed playtime and smiles to the group of orphans, who are in institutional care because they have been removed from unhealthy or unsafe home lives. Although community service has been a pillar of the Valpo Surf Project’s activities–mainly through beach cleans and recycling programs–the students were enthusiastic because they could see the immediate impact they had on the lives of others.
“When is the next time that we can come back do this again?” asked one student, Jesus Miranda, eager to put a date on our next trip to the orphanage. We will continue to make community service trips to Hogar Jesus Niño in the future and are excited about our students‘ ambition to give back to their community.