Each month, Jael Flores braves fierce street dogs, burning sun and long journeys to visit 21 mothers at their homes in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Despite the challenges, she loves her work as a program implementer of Compassion’s Survival Program. “My favorite part of my work is the home visits because the mothers eagerly wait for me,” Jael says.
One of those mothers is 17-year-old Ibeth, who is adapting to her new role of parent to baby Zaid. Their home is one small room, shared with Ibeth’s husband and brother-in-law, who both work long days. As Zaid sleeps on the bed, his parents’ only possession, Ibeth spends much of the day in silence, her doubts and loneliness growing louder in her head.
Each time Jael knocks on the door gives her relief. “I love when she visits me because I’m always alone,” says Ibeth.
Jael will pray and read the Word of God with the young mom. A key part of her role is simply to listen and be a friend.
“Besides studying the lesson, I feel the mothers need us because several of them don’t have a family to share with or to tell what they are going through,” Jael says. “When I’m there in their homes, we have that time to talk. They can tell me everything.”