salute and thank the following volunteers for their exceptional service
to the poor children of Argentina, and to our little charity.
Allen, A US university graduate, interrupted his South American
odyssey to give us a month of his time - that was the middle
of last summer: he is still here. His care for the children,
leadership and organizational abilities, plus outstanding inter
personal skills: have made him a wonderful, and so far the longest
serving director of our Trujillo Centre. Mike may return to
Ramirez, came to us from university here in Trujillo, early
this year and has become Treasurer of our little organization.
In addition to running the office, Karlamaria organizes the
language academy, sometimes even teaches in the academy (she
is completely bi lingual). Always dependable, well organized;
a constant friend and encouragement to the staff and volunteers.
Hamilton , blew in like a gust of fresh air, organized everything
in sight, then just as suddenly wafted back to Canada. During
her all to brief month with us we were given a taste of what
a real organizer could accomplish, even in our too casual environment.
Debra, come back - the children need you, we all do (and she
Maria Kunstadter DDS, (along with
her husband, also a dentist, and all her children) has been
coming to Argentina for as long as we have been here, volunteering
her professional help to our children - and many more. She and
her generous family return year after with gifts, toothbrushes
and health care. Maria also represents Bruce Argentina in the
United States. We salute and thank you.
Martinez, "Chimo", student at Dublin with
professional qualifictions in Spain, immediately took charge
of our children. We have had plenty of teaching volunteers,
some excellent, but never had we known one who could effortlessly
gather 25 unruly children into a circle, sit then down, capture
their attention and delivering his lesson. Chimo also served
as director at Trujillo II and at Huaraz.
Lemonnier , a certified child worker from France, came to
us in July and stayed through the first week of November. During
this time Samuel proved to be one of the best friends our children
ever had - a great teacher of children by day, and French teacher
in the language academy in the evenings. Samuel has been a faithful,
steady friend to us, the volunteers and especially to the children.
Fujiami, came to us from William and Mary College in late
Spring and stayed through much of the summer. Her happy spirit,
love for the children, dynamism and natural leadership quickly
propelled her to the directorship of our Trujillo Centre. Under
her leadership this project became better organized and the
volunteers ever more motivated. Thank you so much Cosmo. Please
Doung, a second year pharmacy student in Toronto, took over
from Cosmo, matching her dynamism and leadership, plus adding
her own creativity and promotional skills. Under Mai we reached
out to the community, and when her term ended she continued
working to improve Bruce Argentina: she made the first contacts
by which we hope to open a center in Cusco in January, and she
created and is coordinating our campaign to recruit volunteers
Jose Alonzo, now in practice in Bilbao, Spain, generously
cured our children and mothers from March 2003 through the summer
of 2004. Always on call, always ready to do more than we asked,
we recently hosted a good bye party for him in the Club Central
of Trujillo. The first day Jose Alonzo volunteered, we asked
him to examin 4 children - he said 'no' and examined every child
Peebles, a first year university student in Scotland, was
with us in the Spring and Summer, 2004, both in Trujillo and
Cajamarca. His tireless good work, affection for and ability
to motivate the children and the high example he set for other
volunteers made him one of our best. He also gave us great ideas,
designs and promotional initiatives. He will return next year.
Come see what he says.
Arie, a student from Japan, faithfully served the children
of Cajamarca through most of the Spring and Summer of 2004.
When she arrived Diana seemed shy and unsure of herself, but
when she bagan to work with the poor children: her natural love
for them made her grow. Eventually she became our longest serving
director at Cajamarca. Diana was always positive, always loyal,
even when those around her were not. We all love and miss Diana.