Unbound mothers
Oct 10 2013

Taking charge: A mother’s journey of empowerment

Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.

Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Dubis now lives in a community south of Cartagena.

She is the mother of two sponsored youth.

Dubis found a new calling when she joined the CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.

“Before my sons’ sponsorship, my life was a routine. I would go to work and do the chores at home,” Dubis said.

“I did not go outside a lot and I did not talk with my neighbors.”

Dubis describes her son’s sponsorship as a blessing, coming right at the time she and her family needed it most.

“The sponsorship of my son was like a gift from God,” she said.

She got to know the group of mothers and learned that they worked well together.

Dubis hosts a mothers group meeting at her home.

Dubis hosts a mothers group meeting at her home.

“I discovered these mothers who work with harmony and I have always felt peace attending,” Dubis said.

Attending the mothers meetings helped Dubis find a new routine and helped open her mind to new ideas.

“I started to feel that I wanted to work hard to improve the life conditions of my community,” she shared. “I started to talk with my neighbors as well as the mothers of the CFCA groups.”

Dubis and the other mothers had access to self-formative workshops through the mothers groups.

These meetings helped them learn leadership skills, how to manage money, how to become self-sufficient and other similar skills.

Dubis was particularly inspired by these workshops.

“After our CFCA meetings we wanted to share the formation we have received in the workshops with the mothers of our community and mothers from other neighborhoods,” she said.

Dubis and other CFCA mothers call their neighbors to a community meeting.

Dubis and other CFCA mothers call their neighbors to a community meeting.

“We knew their life stories and experiences, and I felt inside me that I wanted to help these women as CFCA has helped me with the formation we received.”

The group meetings and interactions motivated Dubis to take a more active role in the CFCA mothers groups and her community.

One of the achievements she is most proud of is helping 240 people in her area obtain government IDs, most of them being children and the elderly.

Her community responded positively to Dubis’s take-charge attitude by giving her their trust and support.

She is the first woman in her community to be elected to the position of community association president.

Dubis and other nearby community leaders are meeting with local companies to try and gain support for adult literacy

programs and other beneficial programs for surrounding communities.

When asked how she feels about the impact she has made, Dubis shared the following:

“I feel empowered and I want to work to improve my community. I get encouraged from the needs of my community.

“I am proud because one group of aging friends will graduate from school this year, thanks to our work.”

Dubis works with sponsored children to help them prepare for school.

Dubis works with sponsored children to help them prepare for school.

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