“I did not have the chance to know her more when she was with the YA2017. But for another three weeks I do. All of us in Batang Pinangga, children and staff and volunteers, had an amazing time with Puck de Jong.
Her program was to have more time with the children. She woke up early to give them shower and help prepare them to school. She had art workshops; we also went swimming in Elsalvador, that was very nice. And she played and laughed with the children. Isabel and Jenica-these two can speak English well- made translations for her.
I noticed that Puck was very focused to care for the children. She brought them all presents. Even the staff she gave presents. And the children love her. Niño waited each morning for her to give him shower. Also Precious waited. But there were days that Precious would say to her “no shower”, and went back to sleep.
We went together for shop for BP, to buy things for the kitchen and the house. We had coffee at Starbucks, and it was special for me – my first time to go there.
She made sure that she calls her mother and family in Holland, and we noticed that they are very close. And when we picked-up her mother from the airport to visit her, it was sure a big surprise for Puck, even for the children a special treat to have Puck and her mother together in BP.
There was no time that Puck was without a child with her. She was always surrounded by the children, like magnets. She knew more of each child. I like the time that Puck was around, it was like we have the Youth Ambassadors with us and we feel engaged, happy, busy in the house, in the kitchen, children laughing and running.
We are proud of her being our youth ambassador, and we know that many of our YAs in Holland care for us, just like Puck, in a heartbeat. When she and her mother left the children are sad, BP was sad. But she-Puck and mother Paulien- promised to come back, so we will just think of that promise, and we feel good again.”
– Mama Bing, social worker