Apoyo y Carino
Can I tell you a bit about the woman in the picture? That is my grandmother, Lucita. She was born in Durango, Mexico to a widow who would die of typhoid fever when Lucita was 18 months old. She was taken in by her aunt and uncle and they made their way to the United States by covered wagon when she was 5. After moving around for a bit, they eventually settled in Kansas City. Unfortunately, a short time later her aunt died and since her uncle was not a blood relative she couldn't remain with him. There was my grandmother, a young lady in a foreign country without documentation or family.
She became a ward of the state and was transported to a St. Louis children’s home. She was older than most of the children there, so she worked at the home and attended school. A visiting minister saw her working at the children’s home and invited her to live with his family, attend school and work as their live in nanny. He lived in a rural area, but the opportunities for education (Hannibal LaGrange had just opened up and allowed high school students to take courses) and stability were greater than in St. Louis so Lucita agreed to move to Hannibal and enroll in high school. In her senior year she met her future husband, Eldon Green, and they went on to live a very happy life.
Lucita became a mainstay in lives of many families in Hannibal as the best and most reliable babysitter. Eldon was an active member of the community who served as a building inspector, Street Commissioner, and Director of Parks and Recreation and even ran for Mayor of Hannibal. Lucita did not have the proper paperwork to become a citizen and it wasn’t until Congressman Clarence Cannon took up her case to help her get proper paperwork. She became a US Citizen in 1963.
Lucita's story is paramount to why I support Apoyo y Carino at Kingdom House. Lucita was the embodiment of apoyo y carino, support and care in english, to everyone in her community. The Apoyo y Carino support group at Kingdom House is focused on spanish speaking mothers and mothers-to-be who need mental health support. We are very excited to be teaming up with them to do a flower arranging workshop.
Parenting is hard. Even with lots of help and resources, parenting is exhausting. Studies show latina women are at a high risk of depression or anxiety and they face unique challenges, including isolation, trauma, and lack of access to community resources. Supporting latina mothers is crucial as the consequences of maternal depression affect both the mother and her child. So let's work towards supporting and caring for the moms, okay?
When you Support A Mama through Microbloomery, you are putting your money towards the mental well-being of these Latina mothers. On May 11, a day after Mother's Day in Mexico, we will be treating 20 ladies from the therapy group to a flower arranging session. Arranging flowers is a great way to de-stress. The natural beauty of flowers lend to a relaxing experience for the women. We will spend at least an hour appreciating nature, flowers, and our creative abilities.
In turn, you can dedicate your support to anyone across the world and we will happily send them a thank you note or e-card. Does your grandmother in Denver have everything she needs? Honor her with a sponsorship of a woman in Apoyo y Carino. (Unless your grandmother in Denver = my grandmother in Denver and she has already been covered!) It's a win win! Click the link below to find out more about our program.