Sunday, March 18, 2012

Serenity Trickles Down

All of our board members have had hard days as a parent.
Carpool runs late, a child is sick, work issues abound or we wake up with a headache that just won't go away. There are good days and then there are "those" days that are best forgotten.
For Catarina in Guatemala, there were many of "those" days, but the solutions were not better the next day, nor the next. She lost her house and her land after her husband died. Her children were hungry. She had to move into her father's home, which added five more occupants to a household that already slept eleven, which meant her children slept on the floor. And job issues? She had no job. There are no jobs for illiterate women in her remote village.
All of this makes Catarina's smile all the more precious. It means that we at Finding Freedom through Friendship are doing what we love doing...supporting mothers so that their serenity, and smiles, pass down to the next generation that they are trying to raise under the most difficult of circumstances.