I, like many throughout the world, can get overwhelmed thinking about all the rebuilding that has to happen to lift the world out of crippling disaster. In Guatemala, it is impossible to know yet what the full impact will be, but the effects of the current crisis are going to be severe and long-lasting. Buena Onda is ready to jump in and do whatever we can when it is safe to do so. We know that ‘safe’ is a relative word and that many communities across the country are desperate for any assistance. However, we as individuals must be responsible in our actions and take care of ourselves so that we are healthy to engage again with our colleagues. It is help to no one if we are sick, and to bring any potential risk to communities already so vulnerable.
We have written previously about the scientifically-proven benefits of positive actions. Still, it can be difficult to know what to do when we are under strict lockdown and physical distance measures. In these times, any act of kindness is invaluable. There is no act too small! You may never know how much one simple act of kindness touches someone or how much it helps them get through their day; it may do the same for you, too.
There will be some kind of normal again, and we will be among each other. We at Buena Onda will welcome you to Guatemala with much gratitude. For now, though, take care of yourself and those around you. You’ll be glad you did!