Today is Day One of the In Her Shoes Challenge! Our awesome challenge participants have signed up to live on just $21 this week to show their support for our hard-working moms at Casita Copán. The goal of the challenge is to raise awareness about women in Honduras who fight against poverty every day while also raising money for programs that support single mothers in Copán Ruinas, such as our daycare center and women’s literacy classes.
Every day this week, we will highlight a special mom and share her story. We are constantly amazed and inspired by the mothers at Casita, women who sacrifice so much to work hard and provide a better future for their families. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help, you can check out the Challenge or read more about our programs for women.
Day One: Maria Antonia
Maria Antonia Ramirez was born in Virginia, Copán Ruinas on May 11, 1969. At 45 years old, she has five children between 7 and 19 years old. To support her family, she cleans houses and washes and irons clothes. Maria works 9AM to 4PM six days a week. She looks forward to Sundays, which she shares with her children, taking advantage of the day off to eat together and spending the day between gatherings with friends and family. This day with her children gives her encouragement that eventually her hard work will pay off. Her monthly salary is L2,000.00 ($100.00), and she pays rent of L1,000.00 ($50.00) per month where she currently lives.
Casita Copán takes care of three of her children. Alex is 7 years old and Dimelsa and Celeste are 11 years old twins. Maria’s dreams for her children are that they finish their studies, something that she has not been able to achieve, and that they have stable relationships. She expresses her love by dedicating time to her kids and giving them hugs and affection. She wants to teach her children that to get what you want in life, you should work honestly and obediently, values that will help them succeed. Maria is very friendly and helpful but shy, something that has been gradually changing since she joined the Literacy and Primary Education Program for mothers at Casita Copán, where she is learning to read and write. Her own dream is to have a business selling clothing.