|Rosa, sewing despite blindness|
I had recently sent the final payments toward our newest donated home. The construction is well underway and on-time for a finished home before the next rains come in. Rosa is a blind widow in remote northern Guatemala, and will be the recipient of this gift from Finding Freedom. In collaboration with Adopt-A-Village, Guatemala, we are replacing the "house" that Rosa inhabited. She will now have a concrete floor to replace the mud, and a stove that is suited for safety while cooking without the ability to see. Her walls will be waterproof, as will the roof. The house will be fenced for her safety. This latest effort on the part of FFF was well underway, or so I thought.
|Rosa (second row, left) and children with food staples from FFF|
Practice-Passion-Persistence. Suddenly I needed big doses of each: Practice from twelve years of working in Guatemala had taught me that nothing in Guatemala comes easy. Passion for working with our great board members to assist these women in raising their children in safe homes with adequate food suddenly got a jump-start, fueled by caffeine and anger. Persistence found me in my car, on the way to Western Union to work out the details of the transaction.
If the FBI calls, I will tell them about Samuel, Rosa's son (above in red jacket), and how he is now back home with his mother after she was forced to send him away to live with another family because she could not afford to feed him. I will explain who we are, what we do, and after another cup of coffee, I'll find the energy to move onto the next challenge, because in Guatemala, there will always be one.