Tender Care


Metaksya, a 25-year-old Armenian mom, holds 3-year-old Mara, who has cerebral palsy.

Metaksya took parenting classes with World Vision that taught her how to best support Mara and her other daughter.

“I became more patient and attentive … I build them up to keep them closely connected to me,” says Metaksya.

 “I also learned about working with children like Mara, who have illnesses — that she needs extra patience. I try to be aware of how she’s feeling to keep her calm. When she gets nervous, it’s hard for her to do things, and she is discouraged.”

As she sat with both her girls at a table to draw with pencils that World Vision had provided, I saw her demonstrate this new approach.

“When you pay attention to them, they respond well; they love it. From the sessions, I learned how important it is to spend time in activities with the children to create confidence between parent and child. Now I do this and I know why,” says Metaksya.

Parents like Metaksya are changing, not only their own children’s futures, but also potentially the future of their country. Their children will grow up knowing their value, and who knows the kind of far-reaching impact that might have.

Photo©2017 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt


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