The people of Guatemala are different than I am. They speak a different language and have different traditions. Their cultural experiences allow them to think about things differently than I do. I have to be willing to let go of the way that I do things and think about things. I have to listen carefully to the people to try to understand why and how they approach life as they do. I cannot judge them harshly just because they are different. I cannot think that I am better than any of them are.
When SewHope works in Guatemala, we have to be careful that we are not trying to change the people to be more like us, more American. We must want them to be true to who they are and true to their culture and traditions. Our job is to try to give the Guatemalan people opportunities to become the best persons that they can be and to create change as they see it helping their communities.
Persons in Guatemala receive the best care that SewHope can give because each one is a child of God.
The truth is that each person no matter where they live or work is a child of God. For that reason alone they must have my love and respect.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012