On the 14th of May we had a celebration in SKIP for Mother’s Day. For this special day the organisation decided to arrange a trip just for them and this time they visited the beach in Huanchaco where they had a great day full of happiness and fun.
Arrangements were down to the Social Work Programme who were able to obtain two buses, loaned by the University UCV, for a free ride to the beach. As well as the games that we played at the beach, there was also a special lunch in a restaurant in Huanchaco.
The buses arrived at 10am and all 60 mothers piled onboard. We left at 10.30am with all the mothers super excited for the trip, for a number of them it was the first time they were going to see the sea.
Arriving at the beach they were excited and got off the bus to run and see the sea, a great spectacle, their happiness reflected in their faces as well as the surprise of being there for the first time. Some of the women entered into the water to catch crabs, while others lay in the sand to soak up the sun.
We started the journey armed with equipment for volleyball and ran a small championship, everyone was really enthusiastic to get their teams together and give everything on the court with words of encouragement they would spur each other on. When the mothers who were not playing encouraged their favourite team it would lift their spirits and at the end of every game we had a winning team!
After the adrenaline of the volleyball game, came the moment to relax and enjoy the energy from nature. Hilda ran a yoga session for the mothers and as they are always keen to get involved, the women followed all of her instructions. The yoga was a really rewarding and somewhat healing experience and many women commented that they felt better, more relaxed and free after the exercises.
After this we went on a beautiful walk to enjoy the landscape of Huanchaquero together, socialising and walking on the seashore, enjoying the breeze and sun and sea until it was time to eat! We headed to a restaurant where they were waiting with open arms and tables ready.
The lunch was delicious and best of all the mothers were happy, having fun, talking and eating really tasty food. After a day full of fun and excitement we couldn’t forget the dancing and we all went over to the dance floor together and with great fanfare we moved to the beat of the music with jokes and applause for everyone.
The day ended when we arrived back at SKIP, the faces of each of the mothers was unforgettable as they were so full of happiness and appreciation, the goodbyes with hugs and promises that we would do this again was the best ending of all. It was a great day!
~ Cynthia Méndez Castañeda