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Why I love my job

Vox pop video asking people why they love their job with unaccompanied and separated children on the move.
And that is the part that makes me most happy. When a child comes after a few days saying, I want to go; However after a few more days he or she realises that no, they don’t want to leave the house. Then they say that they want to stay; even though we will have to reverse the paperwork process. Those are the things that makes me think that we are achieving
something: achieving alliances; building bridges; we are creating a new social fabric not only for those children but also for Mexico in general. I receive a lot of smart thinking from the children. They are a good place to learn and to communicate. So I love my job. Being able to contribute, in my work, and develop and go out and say to people, when I hear a negative comment towards this kind of population, and tell them about my experiences…
I love that, being able to go out and spread these ideas, that not everything is how you see it from the outside, it’s true, we need to be able to interact with them to realise they are human beings, and that, just like us, at one point we can be vulnerable and we need the support… And it also depends on them to flourish, and to this day, everybody has been able to respond positively and the truth is it’s an honour to talk about all the children who are here, that’s what makes me the happiest, being able to help them. I love my job.
And I think what makes me the most happy is that we really do have the opportunity in our work every day to make a difference in the lives of children. I think sometimes I notice by the speed with which we work, or if we’re better coordinated, or if we train our social workers better, if we empower our social workers and the community, we see direct impacts on children. And I think, for me, that’s definitely the most exciting. Our work is really tangible. It’s challenging at times, but on a regular basis, we do see how children benefit from our initiatives to keep them in family-based care.

When we were developing this course, we asked some frontline workers what makes them happy about the work they do to support unaccompanied and separated children.

In this video you will hear from Adiam Tekle, Protection Assistant for UNHCR, Roberto Guerrerro Reyes, Programme Director at Fundación Casa Alianza, and Dulce María Kemparra, Operational Assistant Director of Albergue Colibrí.

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