In just three months, the community of Popabaj is changing. While the physical conditions have not changed, the relationships between mothers and children, between women, and the dignity of each woman has grown. This brings to life the idea that all poverty is not material poverty, and that poverty alleviation can look like many different things.
Rosita and social worker, Ana, go to Popabaj each week (on Thursday) to work with the women and children. The women work together to make different aspects of a meal, rotating each week in order to learn different skills. They are learning to garden more effectively in order to provide nutritious food for their families. The mothers are learning how to interact and care for their children physically and emotionally. This new interaction with the children is already bearing much fruit as the children are happier and healthier. The community has started calling the program “Thursdays of Love.”
We are still in the beginning stages of working with this community, but God is making exciting connections and opening doors. In His timing, we will continue to see much poverty alleviation (both material and non-material). Join us in praying for Rosita, Ana, Edgar and Lia as they follow God’s direction for Popabaj.