Sergio Pineda has been at Amigos de Jesús since almost the very beginning. He is also one of few people who has seen Amigos through the eyes of a child, and through the eyes of someone who aims to help the children. He was our first high school graduate and the first of our children to be hired by Amigos de Jesús as an employee. Sergio is a quiet and humble leader and an excellent role model for our children. His passion for farming lives in so many of his younger brothers and sisters who learn from him and with him in the Amigos de Jesús agriculture program. Read more from Sergio below:
When I was young at ADJ, they taught me values such as respect, honesty, and humility. I also learned about agriculture. I learned to work and the value of work. I also learned to value people.
I have learned from the kids how to live together. They give us love without knowing us, and they treat us like brothers.
What I enjoy most is that the kids and young people come to 'agro' and they learn from me and I learn from them, too. I teach them how to plant and cultivate the earth and they teach me how to work and how to be enthusiastic and enjoy my work. For example, when we are planting watermelon, I teach them how to plant and cultivate it carefully and attentively so that it grows well and we have a successful crop. And when we harvest it and enjoy eating the fruit together, the kids are so excited and proud of what we’ve done together. It makes me very happy and I feel like we’ve accomplished something wonderful together.
I want to see them grow in every aspect of their lives—spiritually, emotionally, professionally. I want them to be prepared. I would like for them to learn about everything: welding, carpentry, construction, farming, and whatever profession they decide to do, whether it’s being a doctor, lawyer, a teacher, etc. I want to help them when they’re older and I always want to be like a brother to them.