A blog post by Daysi Ramirez, Acting Executive Director
Like many other people, I romanticized motherhood. I’ve always heard things like, “it’s the best thing that can happen to a woman” or even worse, “it’s the main purpose of a woman’s life.” And I didn’t really question these affirmations because the women in my life who were mothers, even the single ones, seemed to be doing fine, as if being a mother came naturally to them. This all changed when my friends and cousins started to become mothers. For the first time, women were honest and told me that it was hard, tiring, frustrating, and lonely. I heard this from educated women with a certain economic level and support from friends and family, where the arrival of a child is a source of joy for everyone. And yet, it was difficult.
Now, what happens to those women who don’t have that support? What happens to those women who must fight against so much adversity – poverty, lack of education, violence, abuse, abandonment, rejection? We provide our services for those women with an endless list of struggles.
In a world that often overlooks the struggles of these women, Casita Copán is a shining lighthouse extending hope and support. We are committed to providing mothers with the assistance they need on this very challenging journey. To get to know them a little better, Sindy (our Daycare program coordinator) and I decided to pay these mothers a home visit. Each visit, we bring food so they don’t have to cook, and we share dinner with them and their kids. These visits are a window into the lives of these single mothers and demonstrate the challenges they face in their daily routines. It’s an opportunity to connect on a personal level, to truly understand the dynamics of each family. These visits have left a profound impact on Sindy and me.
It’s truly heartwarming to witness the transformation that can occur with the right support system. For mothers who have been with Casita Copán for many years, we see the remarkable progress they have made in terms of education, employment, and self-esteem. It’s a testament to the dedication and hard work of both the mothers and the organization. It inspires us to continue to be that support for the mothers who have been with us longer, and it highlights the potential for further growth and development of the newest mothers.
Casita Copán has become a vital community for these mothers, providing them with the strength and resources to create better lives for themselves and their children. Through these visits, I am reminded that with the right help, single mothers can thrive, and their futures can be filled with hope and promise.
You can support our community of mothers by donating to Casita Copán, providing daycare, nutritional, and educational services for their children.