|Maria, with new refrigerator for her micro business|
Maria and Finding Freedom through Friendship founder Jody met in Guatemala when Maria asked for assistance in obtaining medicine and food for her children. Maria's husband had abandoned the family when her son became sick with hepatitis.
Before we knew her, Maria had the weight of the world on her shoulders. She was only fourteen when she became a parent-her sister abandoned her baby and Maria became an instant mother. Marrying at an early age, Maria quickly had three more children, while caring for her elderly mother. She needed food, shelter, and medical care for her children. More importantly, she and her children needed this:
|Maria and Faby|
Inspiration, caring, love and hope.
Belief in a brighter future through the direct hands-on help of someone who cared enough to say "You can do this, and we will be there to walk the journey with you."
|Vinnie, FFF board member and support person for Maria|
Taking frantic calls when Maria was robbed, and keeping the other board members updated on the details. Providing a good role model for little boys who have no father. Buying school uniforms, supplies, and shoes. Driving for 6 hours during each trip it took to accomplish these things.
In other words, doing all of the things that are needed to lift up a young, overwhelmed mama.
The night I met Maria three years ago, she was scared and alone.
As you can see through her words below, she now has hope for a better tomorrow.