Interview: “Working in a NGO”
26 noviembre, 2015
“Save the Children” was founded in 1919 in London, in order to can growth to children from Germany during the Great War. It is very interesting to carry out this interview with a person who works in this NGO, where they want to avoid child poverty, defending their rights and freedoms. Actually they are working, principally, against the global poverty, in order to all the children can go to school, they can eat and they are as normal children.
Maria Jose has been working in this NGO since 2011, as a psychologist. She is degree in Psychology and she has a master about how to treat for children in order to improve their behavior. During her period of time in the University, she had to work caring children, while their parents were working or they were out. This experience was very useful for her, and probably one of the reasons she is working with children now.
She is mother of two children, and she admits that it is necessary they learn, since they are young, the things in the life are not free and not all the world have the same luck than them. Surely, the next month, during Christmas, they will want a lot of toys as presents, and the adults have to concienciate them that there are a lot of children who have not money and they are not going to have any present, so it would be enought one present per child. The most important during that date is to be all together, as a family.
The main task, which Maria Jose realizes in the NGO is to meet with the children and their families in order to be able to find some solutions to improve their lives, all together. Children are innocent and people dependent on their parents, so it is considered necessary that the meetings are conducted with parents and children. In addition, parents in many cases also need psychological help because they are frustrated at not being able to give their children the necessary economic and family stability. With the economic crisis and cuts in social benefits, more and more families are facing these problems in Spain, where this fact is very worrying as a third of the children are at risk of poverty. These meetings are very useful, but not always are easy. She thinks one of the worst things of her job is when the parents cry during the meeting, because they think al lis their fault, they are the adults and they should offer the best life to their children.
During the interview, she has explained to me her point of view about the positive and negative aspects of her job. She is thankful to can work in helping to improve living conditions of children. She would like to can do more things, because it is sad that in the 21st century, there are many children living in poverty, and in some cases, they do not have anything to eat. She would recommend to people who wants to work helping to improve the situation of the children in some places of the world, work in NGO’s or collaborate with them, because it is a good way to give meaning to their lifes. It is very important too, the work of the volunteers who help to children who can not go to school daily or they need more time to learn, depending on their personal situations, through school reinforcement.
Globally also address issues such as abuse and violence against children, many of them in developing countries are forced to leave school to become “soldiers”. On this subject, Maria Jose believes we should educate our youth, to know the reality experienced other boys of the same age in other parts of the world, and really know how to value the opportunities they have as large. In our society, we used to have everything at our fingertips (to some extent, of course), seeing beyond, and we have to worry about creating a society that is not selfish and fight for others by volunteering or helping people around them.
To conclude the interview, on the current situation of refugees arriving in Europe from Syria, José María is very clear: we can not turn our backs on thousands of desperate families fleeing their country because life there untenable. Moreover, he argues that we are in the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, and therefore, we were not really prepared to house so many people. The treatment should receive these people, mainly is psychological, because they come to a new country for them and totally desperate and fear of what they have suffered. From “Save the children”, he says, they are sending numerous teams to work offering help.
Sandra Merino Portero
Dicre y Relaciones Internacionales