Sister Elena in Peru: Full of Life
Sister Elena is part of the Congregation of Sisters of Bon Secours serving in Huancayo, Peru. Their mission? To alleviate the human suffering and bring hope to the poor and vulnerable. We recently asked two of our international volunteers, Niki Harris and Lauren Elliot, to tell us what it is like working with Hermanita Elena. This was the story they shared.
Sister Elena, or as she is lovingly known amongst her colleagues, Hermanita, is a true gem. When we first arrived in Huancayo, Peru, she welcomed us with open arms, a huge smile, and a “Welcome chicas!”
She enjoys practicing and sharing her English with us and has been so patient and gracious with our Spanish. Hermanita Elena is truly full of life, and we have enjoyed many a good Huancayo lunch with her infectious laugh and interesting stories.
We have only been here a short time so we reached out to one of Hermanita’s closest CMMB colleagues – a registered nurse named Gladys – and asked her to tell us about Sister Elena. She described her work in the following way: “Hermanita works so well with families, and she loves children. She has such a special way of listening and helping others.”