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Being a single mother in the time of COVID-19

Even with more people going out these days, shops re-opening and some semblance of normal seemingly appearing, those who have taken the hardest hit during this crisis are still in dire need. They are the most vulnerable, those who were struggling to make it long before COVID-19 came into the picture, and which greatly intensified their already grim situations. This includes single mothers, who are one of the major groups that we focus on helping here at Hogar de Esperanza. During the crisis, we have been providing single mothers with support packages to help them continue taking care of their children, and to bring them some hope – the hope that comes with that feeling of relief, that someone sees them, and cares about them.

Adriana came to our door recently, 5 months pregnant with one little girl already. Three months ago, her partner said he was traveling out of town for work, but she has not heard from him since. Without any income, she has struggled to pay her rent and buy food for herself and her daughter. Her clothes are old and tattered. Her daughter did not have much at all, least of all a toy. We surprised the little girl with a doll that had been donated, and gave Adriana a food package. She will be coming back soon, as we promised to provide her with a new wardrobe, and clothes for her little girl and new baby on the way. All will be provided from the clothing donations we have received from our wonderful supporters.

Fifty-year-old Martha works as a recycler, collecting cardboard and plastic bottles from the garbage. She has 4 children and was abandoned by her partner several years ago. Now without work, she has no way to feed her children or pay her rent. One of her children has a severe disability and she was receiving a small monthly support cheque for her child, but for the past two months due to the crisis, the government has not issued the disability cheques. She found herself in a desperate and vulnerable situation, not able to feed her children. She came to us last week, desperately and anxiously asking for help, and we provided her with a food package to take home to her family. She was so relieved, and could not stop expressing her gratitude. She left as one happy mother being able to care for her children once again.

To help us provide support to those who need it most right now, especially mothers and children, you can donate online at: http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/.Ifyou prefer to make a donation through bank transfer, please contact us for the account information. We are also happy to schedule pick-ups of cash donations and in-kind donations of items. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you.

Garry Vatcher: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca