| Mar 1, 2016
Hello there! How are you doing? Already back from your carnival party ?
Do you know what Carnival is?It’s a Christian holiday in which people wear masks and costumes during many different celebrations, allowing them to lose their everyday individuality and experience a heightened sense of social unity. Well yes, they lose their individuality because of their mask; as we all do sometimes during life. Think about social networks, for example: Facebook shows thousand of smiling faces, as if the world was always happy! Oh God! How good would it be if it were true. But the truth is that we wear a mask to be part of society because we are social animals, they say we born to be part of it all.
Suddenly you don’t know who you are; you can just remember your character and continue playing it.
What does this mean to us? To our foster home? To our little girls? Mostly we receive abused children, they always wear a mask called “ it doesn’t matter, I don’t care.” To find a way to get rid of this attitude is not easy.
For example, we just received in Puerta Abierta a little girl called Belen. She just turned eight years old and guess what? It was the first time she saw a birthday cake. She couldn’t believe everyone was there just to celebrate her birthday. Moreover, she is not able to conquer people’s love. She steals things from the other girls to give it to someone else in order to please him or her. She is literally living an “heart-quake”; when we received her she was happy to finally be in a safe place, but now after a couple of months she seems to have forgotten what she went through and she invents wonderful - made-up - stories about her mom.
Belen is our little girl and we are starting to work with her as we did with the others. We provide her love, true love. This is our magic ingredient. And besides that, we are looking for a good psychologist to help her mind, body and heart find peace and order. She’s attending a bilingual school where they really care about her feelings and this is possible just because of you and your help.
Thanks to you we can work very hardly every day to help our children to lower their masks in order to find themselves.
You could say that we work for a non-carnival party! A party where everyone of us doesn’t need to wear any mask!
You’re invited of course!
Thank you so much for keeping us dreaming !
With all the love
Puerta Abierta I.A.P