Pily, we’d love to learn about how you got involved with Good Deeds Day.
Pily: I participated in the International Volunteering Conference in Mexico in 2016 where at the end of it the initiative of Good Deeds Day was presented. This is when I got involved and we started to organize projects and activities in April 2017.
How long has Good Deeds Day been taking place in Venezuela?
From what I understand, project have been happening in the country since 2015.
We saw that Good Deeds Day Venezuela took a group of underprivileged youth to a dinosaur-themed amusement park. What was the connection to these children?
These unprivileged kids have been volunteers for Good Deeds Day since last year. In 2021, in the middle of the pandemic, they learned how to prepare cookies, and they baked 100 bags of them which they donated to the lonely and poor elderly that belong to Comedor Parroquial Abuelos de San Jose.
This year, they prepared 400 bags of cornflakes and gave them to the unprivileged children of a kindergarten and children from a school in their same community.
What did the youth get to experience during their trip?
We had the opportunity of visiting and enjoying an amazing park with the kids and in the same activity, they could learn about the dinosaurs and how to recognize the different species, and we had fun with the different attractions that the park offered. As an extra gift, the park also gave snacks and a box of crayons to each kid.
With this activity and trip, we thanked the kids for all the activities and volunteer work they make for others, and we also promoted love, service, solidarity, and being conscious of the needs of other people around you.
How did this project come to fruition?
A volunteer teacher who works with these children on a weekly basis had the idea of making them beneficiaries of a good deed. She originally thought about taking them to a Science Museum but then we received the opportunity of having the dinosaur park exclusively for them and for free (otherwise, the cost of the tickets is expensive, and we couldn’t afford it). We thought it would be both more fun and safer.
Fortunately, there are people who wanted to give to these unprivileged kids a unique experience and to show them that as they think and work with the objective of making nice things for others, there are people thinking the same way and that want to give to gift them with a special opportunity.
Why do you think this trip was important for the kids?
The principal objective of this trip was to let the children know that other people are thinking about them and the importance of being grateful and putting in efforts for others without expecting a reward.
How do you feel about the mission of Good Deeds Day? Why is it important for the world in your opinion?
Good Deeds Day is a unique global experience that promotes a necessary look at the other.
I am sure that thousands of good deeds are made daily around the world and hopefully, we can visualize them.
Good Deeds Day is a beautiful way of showing visible the human quality that we have. The projects that are carried out have the objective of turning our world into a happier place.
Noticing people doing good in different ways motivates us to do more, to spread the word, and transmit the message to future generations from a very young age.