“For as long as I can, I will volunteer”: Pairo’s story

Published: 5 December 2016 22:47 CET

Pairo Aguilar is a 43-year-old Ecuadorian Red Cross volunteer. He has dedicated a lot of his time to help those in need.

Pairo was born in Quito, Ecuador. He lived in Spain for five years before deciding to move back to Ecuador to implement a humanitarian project on education, and later help the Ecuadorian Red Cross to provide assistance to the victims of the April 2016 earthquake. Pairo’s wife and children still live in Spain.

Since he joined the Red Cross, he has been involved in a wide range of activities: he has supported educational programmes for youth, assisted elderly people and helped raise awareness of HIV and other communicable diseases.

His biggest concern, however, is the psychological impact of the earthquake. “People are feeling bad. They need psychological support and expect our help. People need to know what volunteers can do during an emergency”.

Pairo’s family fully supports the work that he does. Even his children are now Red Cross volunteers. “Friends ask me, ‘why are you doing this?’ And I say, because it is my passion”. “I feel confident because I am proud of being part of the Red Cross. We are doing a good job and people appreciate our actions all the time”.

“For as long as I can, I will volunteer”, he said, with tears in his eyes. “Undoubtedly, I receive more than I give.”