A young sister finds acceptance and recognition in a job well done. March 12, 2019 - Peru
Luz with her boss.
A person’s life usually has ups and downs plus some more challenging difficulties that one may struggle to overcome. We like to think that when faced with dire circumstances an innate drive for survival will emerge in each of us when it is needed most. Given the context in which many children live in Peru, a lot of them have managed to get ahead despite the adversities they have encountered along the way. At NPH Peru, you’ll find many examples of true strength and perseverance among our children.
Luz is 20 years old and she has a cognitive impairment. For the last four months, she has worked in a clothing section of a very popular retail department store called Saga Falabella in Cañete. Her positive attitude caught the attention of the human resources staff who proposed that Luz collaborate on other projects in the store. Julio Morán, Luz's boss, can name several great virtues of this young sister of NPH, among them her initiative to stay busy and productive—she is always looking for something to do—and her willingness to support other departments. She is very friendly with clients and Morán attests that people really like her. He says this ebullient spirit comes from Luz’s inner happiness.
According to her coworkers and bosses, Luz’s perseverance is one of her strongest traits. In a world where others may take things for granted or let things slide, she is a person who does not give up quickly. She’ll search for the right tool so that she can go farther. “Keep trying until you get it,” is her mantra. Perhaps this is the reason why she keeps achieving more in life.
"I feel very comfortable and happy with what I am doing. Despite the limitations, I have been able to realize that I can do great things if I pursue them,” Luz says.
At her workplace, her colleagues show a support and willingness to give Luz the best opportunities for growth and development. "We never close the doors to whomever wants to grow," says one of her bosses. Luz has not stopped showing that she has a lot to give. As her name says, she is luz or light, but a light that warms you and draws you in close enough to admire her strength.
Diego Falcón Communications Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson