“The uncertainty about the future and being surrounded by negative news was causing Amparito great anguish,” said Veronica, a Survival Program mentor. “The hopelessness of her environment, the danger of getting infected, and the fear of dying and leaving her children orphans is something that emotionally affects all of our mothers.”
Being registered in the Survival Program meant that Amparito and Melanny were never actually alone. Because even during the pandemic, Survival Program mentors continued teaching mothers about spiritual resilience, proper hygiene, breastfeeding, nutrition, income generation, prevention of illness and more.
Through educational videos, emotional care via daily phone calls, and training on how to nurture their babies’ development at home, the love and support that mothers received caused a transformation. For Amparito, the ongoing care helped her cope with the social isolation and engage more deeply with her baby. Veronica had encouraged the mothers in the program to create a book for their babies using materials they had at home. Amparito surprised everyone when she shared a big, colorful book she’d sewed using old clothes, blankets, buttons and wool.
“Melanny enjoys the book and likes turning the pages,” Amparito said. “I believe the book catches her attention because I made it with love for her … and provides another way to play.”