Lillian Eckstein.

Building Dignity - Villa el Salvador, Peru

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“Although there are many joys in teaching, I think that this past summer has provided me the experience to realize that I am more interested in the policy, leadership, and infrastructure development aspects of community-based work.”

Coming into my work, I knew I was going to have a number of opportunities to work in the education and leadership areas of the organization but I did not expect I was going to be able to work so independently on those areas nor did I expect to have the opportunity to carry out a community-based development initiative on my own. Beginning the first week of work, I began having weekly meetings with Emilio, the community leader from a community called Sector 9, Grupo 2. The second of the initiatives that I worked on with Emilio was a project to install lights on the community concrete field that acted as the sports court and area for meetings during the summers. The goal of installing the lights was to combat the gang activity that manifests itself on warmer evenings which creates a dangerous environment for the entire community as well as limits the community’s access to the field.

Project Details

  • Date September 17, 2015
  • Tags 2015, Class Year, Education, Field, Location, Preston, Social Service, Sophomore, South America

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