For Mother: Support and New Skills
Delmy began to attend program activities at the center, while her mother struggled with the passing of her husband.
“Six months after my husband’s death, I fell into depression. A friend found me, and she told me, ‘Come with me to the center; you’re going to get distracted there. Also, you will learn many things,’” says Lili.
The Compassion center was offering an income-generation program for sponsored children’s caregivers, and Lili dived in, grateful for the preoccupation and friendship as much as for the practical skills she was learning. Together with other parents, she learned how to prepare traditional candy, pizza, lasagna, cold cakes and doughnuts. In addition to food, they learned to prepare homemade surface disinfectant, liquid laundry soap, chlorine, herbal hair shampoo and skin soap.
Lili was part of this program for three years. Everything she would learn to prepare, she would sell. It was a new way to generate income for her family during Delmy’s childhood.
“My life is so different now. This has been a [special] opportunity, because not all programs have the initiative to teach children and families income-generating skills,” says Lili.
For Daughter: Faith and Belonging
For Delmy, the center provided an even deeper support.
“The first memory I have of the center is one with my first tutor. Her name was Reyna. At some moment during an activity at the center, I remember her hugging me,” says Delmy.
“The center means help in many ways for me. My tutors and friends have been a great emotional support. Nobody really knows how you feel inside, but with a simple smile and a hug, everything changes.”
Delmy loved the center from the first day. She met one of her best friends there and quickly began to enjoy sports and learning new skills. Soon she was connected with a sponsor in Canada. She also opened her heart to Jesus.
“God has been the center of everything for me. I know he will always be by my side whenever I need to tell him anything,” says Delmy.
Every activity, every training, every fun moment at the center helped to put a salve on her troubled and hurting mind. But a heart for service was also growing within her. Opportunities appeared in her way; she would have the chance to teach others what she had learned.