Step inside 10-year-old Heymi’s house and you immediately take in the smell of wet wood. The sounds of chickens clucking and dogs barking outside fill the room.
The house, made of adobe and sheet metal, is home to seven people. But they only have three beds.
Heymi and her sister Esmerelda have one doll to share between them. The biggest challenge in life, Heymi said, is that “sometimes we don’t have food.”
This is the life for many families in El Salvador, with parents who struggle to provide just one meal for their children every day.
It’s not because they don’t work hard.
Like most families in the community, Heymi’s father, Manuel, is a laborer on land that belongs to someone else.
“My father works in the mountains,” Heymi said. “He sows maize, beans and micillio (millet).”
In the summer, the whole family works on a peanut farm. They plant, harvest and peel peanuts from the shells. But they only bring in a little money.
No wonder it’s so hard to get ahead.
But Heymi’s not complaining.
In fact, she has an infectious enthusiasm for life. Heymi likes to sing and draw. She loves school and soccer. Her favorite color is purple.
Her eyes open wide when she talks about her dreams: “To continue studying. Know more about mathematics. Finish high school.”
Heymi hopes Unbound can help her find a sponsor to help achieve these dreams.
“I heard they support children and elderly. I would like to receive some of that,” she said earnestly.
Finding a sponsor will not only help Heymi, but also her mother, Marlene, who takes care of the house and children, hauls water and works in the fields.
The support from a sponsor could help Heymi’s family improve their living conditions, access health care and ensure Heymi stays in school. Plus, sponsorship will provide much-needed food.
You can be the person who helps the family’s hard work pay off.
Editor’s note: Since this post was published, Heymi has been sponsored. Click here to see other children waiting for sponsors.