In Her Shoes Day 3: Oralia

It’s Day Three of the Challenge… it’s raining hard here in Copán but the power only went out for about a half hour, so we can’t complain. As promised, we’re highlighting one of our moms each day of the challenge. Today we’re sharing the story of Oralia, one of our very first Casita moms. Oralia is a hard-working and caring mom who (as you’ll see) passed on her infectious smile to all three of her kids. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help families like Oralia’s, you can check out the Challenge or read more about our programs for women. 

Day Three: Oralia

Oralia was born in Pinalito, Copán Ruinas on February 3, 1988. Now, at 25 years old, she lives in an apartment with her three children: Wilson (10 years), Mirian (7 years), and Josue (4 years). She pays L860.00 ($43.00) in rent, but her monthly salary is only L1,700.00 ($85.00). Although she makes a small salary, she does not give up her dream that her children will finish school.

Oralia, whose father did not permit her to go to school, does not let her own lack of an education keep her down. She is enthusiastic and committed to taking advantage of the opportunities to study at Casita Copán with the Literacy and Primary Education Program for mothers, showing her children that opportunities to learn and develop yourself must be taken. She believes education is an important part of life since through it, we learn values such as honesty, respect, and work ethic. On her day off, Oralia also teaches these values to her children and shows them love with kisses and hugs. Her dream is to run her own small grocery store.