Two weeks ago I hosted the BwB second sense making workshop. The resilience champion, Alfred, from SALVE (Uganda) and the BwB Project Manager, Sian, from the Consortium for Street Children (UK) visited us in Guayaquil. Unfortunately, Krishna, the resilience champion from Nepal couldn’t come but thanks to Skype he was able to join us. The objective of the second workshops was to analyse and share the experiences and learnings on resilience from the perspective of these three countries.
Learnings from the Second Sense Making Workshop
The learnings and highlights from our first workshop, in Uganda, led me to think that resilience is not an easy skill to learn. Based on my own working experience, I can say that not all children have it. Some of them have gone through adverse situations and they haven’t been able to overcome those experiences yet, in fact, the effects of those experiences are and will continue perturbing their lives. In other words, they are facing psychological trauma that doesn’t allow them to move on. Thus, I realised that we need to explore and better understand these traumatic impacts and how they affect children.
The second sense making workshop helped me to realise that, when understanding resilience, my focus has always been the vulnerability that children may face as a result of a particular adverse situation. These vulnerability may led to a passive or aggressive behaviour, but either way prevent children from achieving a healthy development. Thus, my thoughts perfectly fit in terms of resilience.
Apart from long working sessions, it was very relaxing to have the opportunity of showing my cultural background to my international colleagues. Specially, the singularities of the latinamerican peoples, and the way that the blend between indigenous and Afro communities contributes to the cultural richness of my country, to its food, traditions and the beauty of its landscape. When I travelled to Uganda, I had the opportunity to see the cultural differences between the introverted Ugandan and the extroverted Ecuadorian, however, both cultures share something special, and this is the kindness and happiness of its peoples.