by Rosalina Ramos, Guatemala Director of Donor Relations
This Monday, we had an incentive activity for the Mother’s Network, a group of volunteers that supports sponsorship correspondence by delivering messages to sponsored students when they have mail to pick up.
I had the opportunity to attend the first half, and let me tell you, I enjoyed it. At one point, we asked each mother to say her name, her village, and the reason she belongs to the group.
I was struck by the presentation of Doña Silvia Salazar, who comes from San Miguel Escobar. She was very proud to belong to the group, mentioning that it is very important work, though insignificant compared to what she has received from Common Hope. She said, “I would love it if everyone could see with my eyes how Common Hope has impacted my family. You cannot imagine the impact it has made, truly, with my work, not to mention my children.” Among other things, Doña Silvia has attended our Loving Parenting workshops, which teaches parents ways to be more affectionate and effective in their communication and discipline.
I was struck by the strong sense of empowerment she has, and her pride to be a mother. Another thing that struck me is that she feels important. She mentioned how amazing it is, the job of delivering mail. Says Doña Silvia, “Families see me as a person who knows a lot and when in doubt, they come to my house for advice. I feel so good being able to provide that.”
A few years ago, about eight years ago, these women did not speak. But year after year, they became more empowered. A combination of people and places make this possible, of course, but the Mother’s Network is surely one of them.