Violence is a challenge that many families in Mexico face. In several communities the drug and gang violence has increased dramatically, which has driven some sponsored friends and their families from their homes.
The project staffs have to think of creative ways to help sponsored friends and their families while protecting themselves at the same time.
The Hope for a Family program conducts activities in safe locations that raise awareness among families about positive values and conflict resolution.
Many of the families are led by single mothers, and CFCA small community groups provide mothers with livelihood training workshops, encouragement and support.
We asked two of these mothers, Gloria and Maty, how the Hope for a Family program has helped them with the challenges they face.
Gloria is a CFCA staff member in Guadalupe, Mexico. She is the regional contact person.
Gloria’s 16-year-old son, Juan, was sponsored for 10 years. She was once the leader of her mothers committee and is now in charge of serving eight smaller CFCA communities in the Guadalupe project.
Describe some of the biggest challenges that you have faced as a mother and as a woman.
As a mother, my challenge is raising my child. He is becoming a teenager and his behavior has changed.
I [hope] he will keep practicing values that I, as his mother, tried to instill in him to be a better person.
As a woman, I wish to overcome [obstacles] in life with the opportunities that CFCA offers me. I am very thankful.
How and why did you decide to be a leader in your mothers committee?
I was elected by many mothers and I wanted to participate; of course, I never imagined being in the place that I am now.
What did you learn from this experience and how has it helped you personally?
I learned to listen to people and to help others in need. My participation gave me a lot of satisfaction.