We are so grateful for your support for Maya Childcare. This support strengthens children and families as they take on the challenges of extreme poverty and violence in Guatemala.
We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about one mother who has benefitted from your support. Brenda first came to the Center when she was 19 years old with her baby, Bryan and two year old daughter, Nayeli. She had been in an abusive relationship which she was able to leave with the help of staff at the Center and enter a new relationship, only to have her husband killed by the violence that plague's Guatemala.
Brenda’s family was left in a state of crisis, both emotionally and financially. The Acorn Childcare Center was again there to support them. Her third child, Daniel, aged two, came to the Center very malnourished. He was given the medical attention he needed and regular nourishing food. He also received the care and attention of loving adults, the friendship of other children, and a safe place to play. He was helped to work through some of his fear and loss. Brenda found work selling books to support her family, and she felt encouraged and supported in her parenting.
Brenda found at the Center the kind of safe and caring environment she wanted for her children and she has worked very hard to create that in her own home. Nayeli and Brayan are doing well in school. Daniel is affectionate and fun-loving. He is learning and growing. The family is not just surviving, but thriving. Brenda is enormously relieved and extremely grateful for having a safe and supportive community to help her raise her children.
Your support can be a lifeline for families facing poverty and violence. Thank-you.
We continue to be grateful for your on-going contributions!
With all of our love and appreciation,
Rachael, Barrie, Zoe
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