The following letter was written by Michelle Grasso, the mom of one of our staff members working in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Michelle recently came down to visit her daughter and was moved to see what an amazingly passionate group of young adults work for this organization, how dedicated they are to sustainable development, and how supportive they are of one another.
Global Brigades prides itself on the dedication, passion, and commitment of its staff. It is clear to see from this letter that we take the safety and well being of both our staff and students very seriously. Thanks, Michelle, for these lovely words!
To all of the parents and loved ones of Global Brigades:
I wanted to reach out to all of you and give you my impressions of Global Brigades in Honduras.
As a parent I was tremendously concerned about my daughter going to and living in Honduras. I wanted to encourage her to follow her heart, but at the same time was worried sick about her. All parents can relate to these concerns.
So, what did I do? I decided to go there and see for myself.
What did I find?
The most amazing, courageous, caring group of young adults that I have ever met in my entire life. They share the same passion and values with each other. They talk of their experiences and how they have impacted their individual lives. Every time the conversation in the ‘house’ strays from Global Brigades, invariably it turns back to the group and how they can improve it. Each one of these young adults brings to Global Brigades individual experiences that they each thrive and build on.
For all of the parents and loved ones who have not or maybe can not have the experience of coming here I want to let you know that each and every one of these young adults cares for and looks out for each other. In other words they have come together to protect each other, to live in a very poor city, and make a difference in this world. They have become a family here. You parents and loved ones should not worry about them.
I am very comfortable now with where my daughter works and lives. I am so very proud of what she is doing and the rest of this group. I wish that more of us had the courage that these very special young adults have. They truly feel that they are making a difference in this world, and I think that they are, one little village at a time.
GB staff in Tegucigalpa, Honduras