While volunteering with Project TEN in Mexico I noticed the reality is that kids raise their little siblings, kids do laundry and wash dishes and kids also move between strangers and stand in busy junctions begging for money.
I could not help but wonder if the children who are supposed to arrive to our next lesson do the same, then I saw a 7-year-old girls here who takes care of her 3-year-old little brother like a mother, or a girl saying she could not participate today because she had to do laundry.
And at that moment I realized what our significance is with Project TEN Mexico. Maybe from the outside it seems like a unimportant thing we do, “play with the kids”. But what we actually do is give children a place where they can just be kids without adult-worries here they just paint, sing, read, draw and play. Fight over who goes first and how often they are allowed to answer the question, and not fight for “adult” daily struggles.
I do not know if I will make a change Volunteering here with Project TEN but what I do know is that even giving the children i met a simple moment to be children is important enough.