When Kenia was 14, her mother moved to Costa Rica with Keniaís oldest brother to find work and left Kenia and two brothers behind. For the past two years, Kenia has been raised by her brother, Juan Carlos. Kenia and Juan Carlos are sponsored through CFCAís Hope for a Family program. Kenia talks about how the separation has affected her and her family.
How did you feel when your mother and older brother left Nicaragua for Costa Rica?
It was very sad and very difficult. But because of the country’s economic situation, they were forced to leave.
How do you feel now?
I have had to get used to it since, even though she is far away from us, she calls us always and is always waiting for us to call. It is very difficult, but life is like that. One never thinks that these things could happen.
From left are Raul, Juan Carlos and Kenia.
Do you miss your mother?
Yes, because she has been a very good mother, a fighter, who in spite of all that has happened, has always fought for her children’s well-being.
I always imagine that the New Year or some other vacation period is coming so that she can return and we can be together again.
Do you have family to care for you, or only Juan Carlos?
Yes, thank God that besides my brothers, Raul and Carlos, some people will give me support and strength to carry on. They are not relatives but it is as though they were. They are always watching out for me, and I am very grateful. They are the couple who are pastors of the church that I attend.
How do you help your brother at home?
We will help each other, whether with household chores, which we divide among ourselves, or with our studies with which my brother Carlos helps me as I help my younger brother Raul. So we have learned that despite things that happen, love and the unifying element of family always prevail.
Where do you go to school?
I study at an institute about four blocks from my house. I am in the fourth year of secondary school, which is a little difficult for me, but with some effort I will make headway because our lives are like a race in which you have to struggle to win the prize.
What do you want to be in your life?
God willing, next year I will graduate from secondary school. At first I wanted to study to be a teacher, but also to be a nurse, and I have decided to study nursing.
What are your dreams and hopes?
To see myself fulfilled, to obtain a professional career, work and help my mother and little brother, since my mother has been that source of strength in those moments when I feel that I cannot continue. I remember what she does for me and I continue on.
Other wishes are to have the opportunity of knowing different countries, to mix well with people and to have new friends.
Read the story about Kenia’s brother, Juan Carlos.