“You keep showing up.”
One of the super powers of Health Bridges is our persistence. Our dedication. For over two decades we’ve been working in Perú to advance access to healthcare services and supports for underserved communities. For much of that history - we’ve worked with the same communities and many of the same people. We believe in the power of dedication. We ascribe to the philosophy that slow and steady will win the race. We demonstrate our committed by continuously showing up.
This dedication to continually showing up, it is not only true in the way we run our programs and projects, it is also true of our team. We’ve been fortunate to have the same group of committed staff for most of our existence as a not-for-profit. This is a huge blessing for our work. It means the communities we serve have deep relationships with the staff of HBI. It means our staff are intimately aware of the challenges, opportunities and nuances of working with the people we serve. It means we have deep partnerships.
“I am sorry we can’t make the challenges of your life instantly go away. I know you are really suffering and I’m sorry.” Our Ines Project staff was frustrated and wanted badly to help the family find a better mechanism for serving the complex needs of their child living with a disability. She went on to tell the mother – “I don’t have a solution, but I am going to keep searching. I am going to keep helping.” The mother’s response has become a rallying cry for our work. She said, “I know you care. I feel it. I see it. I know there is no solution that will make everything better. I also know you keep showing up, and this is huge. You show us we are not alone. This is such a gift to my family and my daughter.”
We’ll keep showing up. That’s all we know. We’re thankful for your support that allows us to be dedicated to serving the needs of underserved communities. We’re thankful for perseverance.
The HBI Blog is a rotating journal from our staff. Our Blog is a series of messages from the field, insights from our work, and lessons in service.