God Bless Mom
Marian, 14, tells the family’s story and shares her prayers:
“We live in one of the poorest villages at the north of the municipality of Copan Ruinas, Honduras. We don’t have a father, we lost him a year and a half ago.
“The people here live from agriculture, sowing corn and beans. My sister Diana (12) and I studied until fifth grade; that's why I know all these things. We should be studying sixth grade this year, but my mother cannot buy school supplies or uniforms. She can’t afford the contributions they ask for in school, although in my social studies book I read that education in Honduras is free and mandatory.
“I also read that my village and the municipality are the poorest in Honduras. More than 60 percent of people do not know how to read or write and 55 percent of children are malnourished. Many children are in danger of not learning because of lack of care.
“My family struggles with poverty, with a mother working the land as a man. But we do not have land, she rents a piece of land to sow maize and beans. While she sows the soil, I take care of my sisters. In the coffee season, we go to the farms on the mountain to work. Between the both of us we earn up to 300 lempiras a day ($ 12.70), but sometimes there is a lot of competition. Women and men fight over these temporary jobs. Sometimes we do not find work in a week.
“In this summer season, the diet consists of corn tortillas and beans. The stove is off and it is midday, sometimes we do not eat. The last time we ate meat was at Christmas
“I am fourteen years old and I do not know if they will accept me at school again. I'm going to study from a distance and my sister Diana, too. I miss my classmates, their laughter, their jokes, and their games. When they walk down the street wearing their uniforms and carrying their notebooks, it gives me sadness. At night, I cry and pray to God that our situation changes.
“God give strength to my mother, Emérita, because, like many ladies in Honduras, she is a mother and father.
“May God bless my family, and protect us.”
Photo©2017 World Vision, Israel Ortega Carcamo
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