In celebration of Mother’s Day, we spoke with Andrea Frey, Latin America Regional Manager for Convoy of Hope about our Mother’s Club program in El Salvador and Honduras.
Is Mother’s Day celebrated in Latin America?
Mother’s Day is a big deal in Latin American because women play such a large role in homes. They’re holding families together for the most part. Fathers are often spending long days working, leaving mothers to care for the children.
Explain our Mother’s Club program.
We started our Mother’s Club in El Salvador and have recently piloted a program in Honduras. They are unique forums where we bring women together to educate them on how to provide healthier environments for their families. That includes teaching them to start businesses so they can make enough money to feed and care for their families as well as basic cooking and gardening skills.
How many mothers are enrolled?
We’ve had 135 women enrolled in El Salvador and plan to begin enrolling women in Honduras later this year.
Why is the program so important to mothers?
Mothers come together and they’re given new hope. In our last cycle in El Salvador, we had a girl who was 14-years-old and pregnant and so she was able to interact with older moms and was learn how to care for a new baby. She actually gave birth while she was in the program she was very much alone before but then she had a whole community of women surrounding her and teaching her life skills. After that, she not only had that support but she had food to give to her baby and she had vitamins and a garden. I think that’s one of the neatest things that I’ve seen — that a lot of younger moms are learning from older women. That’s life changing for them.