Berta, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, and her daughter Cesia.
May 6 2015

Celebrating Mother’s Day in El Salvador

Berta, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, and her daughter Cesia.

Berta, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, and her daughter Cesia.


By Naresli Calito, correspondent for Unbound in El Salvador

Mother’s Day is a special day when we celebrate and honor motherhood. In America, El Salvador and most Latin American countries, we celebrate it in May.

In our communities, mothers are the gears in the movement of love we call Unbound. I have learned many things from mothers since I started working at Unbound. They are without a doubt women that inspire me.

Have faith

When we trust in God we feel a relief in our heavy load. That makes us believe and do amazing things. It helps us to progress in our life, to be motivated. Mothers in our communities constantly teach faith to their children. Faith is the guide in their daily journey.

Marina, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, prays for her child's sponsor.

Marina, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, prays for her child’s sponsor.

Families always say they pray for their sponsors.

“We thank God for our sponsor’s life,” they say.

It’s powerful to hear. Families feel so much gratitude in their hearts that their way to give back is through prayer.

Berta and her daughter Cesia.

Berta and her daughter Cesia.

Family first

A mother’s effort and hard work for her children never ends. Mothers make sacrifices for their families. They walk every day, under hot sun or rain, to provide education and food for their families. Mothers believe in their children’s dreams, and mothers will do everything they can to make sure their children’s dreams come true.

Lorena and Blanca, mothers of sponsored children, prepare pupusas — a traditional Salvadoran dish.

Lorena and Blanca, mothers of sponsored children, prepare pupusas — a traditional Salvadoran dish.

Every day is a good day for a new start

Never give up. That’s something mothers of sponsored children say constantly: “If I was able to achieve my dream, you can do it, too.”

Families face poverty and lack opportunities, but instead of quitting their dreams families try different ways to achieve success. In our mothers groups, women trust their neighbors. They are able to understand that by working and supporting each other, they will achieve success.

On bad days, colorful clothes are key

At the Unbound office in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Elizabeth, or “Mama” as we call her, cooks for staffers and awareness trip participants. I learned from her that we all have bad days, but the best remedy is to wear colorful clothes to help you feel motivated.

"Mama," on a good day, wearing beige.

“Mama,” on a good day, wearing beige.

The love and kindness of mothers of sponsored children is remarkable. I often ask the moms about their dreams and every time I get the same answer: “A better future for my children.”

What I really love about Unbound mothers is that despite their challenges, they always keep smiling.

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