by Sandra Ortiz, Antigua Programs Director
On this day between the American and Guatemalan Mother’s Day, I wanted to talk about one of our exemplary affiliated mothers, Doña Ismenia Orbelina. Ismenia is a very brave person who has struggled in life. Yet from the first time I saw her in a Loving Parenting Workshop, she has surprised me. She was always quiet and reserved, but always in the front of the room. Her comments were always like a surprise, like discovering every day what it was to be a mother and how it was to be a loving mother.
Recently, Ismenia was invited by Tamalyn Gutierrez, Country Director, to present to the board in Guatemala about the achievements of the Loving Parenting workshops, from the perspective of an affiliated family—and she really convinced the whole group.
From Loving Parenting, Ismenia has decided to make major changes in her life, including studying to be a nursing assistant, and she is now an intern in our Antigua clinic. She is already a grandmother, despite her young age, having had a baby girl at age 13! But every day I see her coming with a smile and supporting her children and grandchildren without the slightest doubt that she can do very well.
I truly believe that she is a mother who has struggled,who has made mistakes like the rest of us, but who is changing and developing every day. Congratulations to Doña Ismenia, an exemplary woman, mother and worker. We hope that your growth continues; it is just the beginning, and without a doubt, you can go far.