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When homesick fills you up, go out to run.

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By Nelson Peñaherrera Castillo

Photo Courtesy Andrés Citerio

LIMA CITY, Peru - Far away home. Although it is possible to have a roof and walls those, at least, allow to rest, it is not the same as the place as the family, the neighborhood, the town, and the country, even. And although there are people who can create the conditions for the adaption process not to be hard, there will be always the realization of staying here temporarily or perhaps making it all over again.

The customsspecialist Andrés Citerio, 33, knows it very wwell, so he is adapting an idea he had in his native Valencia (Carabobo, Venezuela), where he met with other friends to go running or trekking, but recreative purposes.

Now, migrant in South Lima City, where he moved in November 2017, he understands that a way to help the hundredd thousands migrants in Peru is by using the therapeutical properties of the sport, go running in this case.

"I want the people to set their mind free, not to be limited because of the lacking money,"  he affirms, because one of the every just-arriving migrant priorities is, first, to have enough soles to live the new home, and then, to have enough exchanged dollars to send and relief the family that stood down in an acute economic crisis nation. Both things break out anxiety and depression, even.

Photo Courtesy Andrés Citerio

The initiative that Andrés is bringing from Venezuela to Peru is called Naguara Runners. The Naguara word is a wonder, entusiasm interjection used by Lara State's Guaro aborigins, and what is introducing paralelly with his friend who migrated to Chile. Both there and Peru as well, they are beginning to have followers  who join mainly through wahtsapp, the whole from Venezuela for the moment.

"We are already participating in some runs organized here in Lima, especially those free and open to everybody," Andrés tells. "And if someone cannot sign up because has no enough data in the mobile, notices to me and I sign them up."

During the run made in Lima for educating about bone marrow donation, last September 30th, one female member reached the first place and her first reaction was celebrating it by wearing the Venezuelan flag on, not hidding her emotion.

And as the Andrés' plans are living in Peru definetly, he thinks to incorporate more people, more activities, more routes  in the future.

Photo Courtesy Andrés Citerio

Of course, to settle down in that communitarian projection idea, he had to pass through very punctual experiences.
When he was a waiter at a rastaurant in Costa Verde, Chorrillos District, once he took to attend  a car-service client. When he got close, he learned the gentleman -Carlos García, around 60- is a leg-disabled person.

Andrés, who had already coming to accumulate stress due to the long work times, left annoyed  because the man had a full good humor sense. Inclusive, he kid on him a couple of nice times. He became a Carlos' friend, held the contact until he left to reply. When he recovered it, he learned  Carlos was making a party  at North Lima City, and Andrés attended, serving him.

Carlos received him as an old friend, introduced him to his family, his brother Daniel among them, a Peruvian Air Force veteran.

Andrés was intrigued about how the family ever had a possitive attitude. Then, Daniel  said something unexpected to him: "It's about I have faith in Christ."

Andrés, who is a non-practitioner Catholic, received a king of big smash, as one of the pitchers of Navegantes del Magallanes, his favorite baseball team, had hit him right on his head with a full-speed ball, and reacted. Eventually, he joined a ecumenical brotherhood for businessmen, who were his supporting group.

Photo Courtesy Andrés Citerio

"I also have faith in Christ," the young man points out, when explaining how he passed from the self-worryness to projection.

The next step he made, and is making, is inviting everybody who wants to go out running, no matter if wears the special clothes or accesories, but goes out to run, to leave behind that anguish, that homesick, that sadness, or even that lack of connections. Once he or she joins Naguara, at least, that is what will be plenty of.

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