Working away in the UK office of Adopt-A-Child it is sometimes easy, in the day to day details of admin, to lose sight of the big picture of why we are doing what we do. This is particularly true just now when we are having to navigate through such difficult times and doing our best adapt our ways of working to keep everything functioning smoothly.
The following story from a lady in Guatemala, a country which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, really puts things into perspective, reminds us of why we do what we do and helps us to refocus our efforts.
As well as helping children in our programmes, we also have a project called Women in Need, which helps older widows who are struggling. This is from one of these ladies in Guatemala.
‘Hello, my name is Maria. I am 85 years old. I am a widow. I only have one child. I suffer from stomach problems and diarrhoea. Unfortunately, I have not visited a doctor yet because I do not have the resources to pay for it. I do not have a stable job because of my age. My daughter’s husband struggles to support his family and me. He is a farmer and also works as a day labourer. At the moment, it has been very difficult for him to find a job because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
‘We do not have much food at home. I feel weak and I think that sometimes I get sick from my stomach because my stomach has become accustomed to not receiving much food. In our house, we do not have enough food for all of us. Sometimes, I go to beg for money in the plaza of the main town and I use this money to buy food. I live on a piece of land that a member of my church has loaned to us to live on. Our house is made of wooden pieces and tin sheets with a tin sheet roof, dirt floor and running water. We do not have electricity, so we use candles for lighting at night. The tin sheets of our roof are old and damaged. I walk about an hour to get to the feeding program and Living Water Church. Some of my greatest needs are groceries, medical care, tin sheets and clothes.’
It is sobering to realise just how difficult things are for some of the poorest in the world and that this current pandemic crisis is hitting them harder than most. We are very thankful that our Living Water Adopt-A-Child teams in Guatemala and Albania have been able to continue to deliver food and help to so many throughout the crisis. This has quite literally been a lifeline for many families. We are also very grateful for all our faithful supporters, who have made it possible to continue to provide this vital help.
More information on our projects, including Women in Need, can be found on the Projects Page of our website: https://uk.adopt-a-child.com/projects