Six-year-old Alma has been registered in Compassion's program and supported by her local church-based center in Mexico since 2019. "Attending the center has had such a positive impact on my little girl," her mother, Martha, says. But she had no idea how much her family would rely on the center's support in 2020.
The family was living with Alma's grandfather while they saved money to build a home of their own. However, in March 2020, he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Martha stopped working to care for him with her brother. Days later, Alma's father, Luis, lost his job due to the pandemic, leaving the family without any income.
Devastatingly, Alma's grandfather passed away. The family was forced to move out of his house, as it now belonged to Martha's sister. They moved into a small, unfinished wooden structure.
Soon afterward, a storm swept through their community, battering the tiny house with heavy rain, wind and hail. "It was a horrible experience. Almost the whole roof came off. Thanks to God, we found a small corner which still kept a small part of the roof to protect ourselves," says Luis.
The family was shattered when they saw the extent of their losses. Heavy rain had turned their dirt floor into mud, destroying many of their essential belongings.
Just days later, Alma’s Compassion center blessed the family by providing aluminum sheets for a new roof, two new mattresses, a set of bedsheets and a full-size stove.
"We couldn't believe it when the director mentioned all the items they were giving us. Who would give you support like that?" says Luis. Amid the tumultuous challenges 2020 has brought, Compassion's church partner has remained by the family's side.
"I can't believe how we went through so much in just three months," says Martha. "Nevertheless, God didn't leave us and rewarded us with unexpected blessings through Compassion."