In Honduras the cycle of poverty is obvious. A mother living on the street has nothing but the street to offer her child. A girl growing up without attention in an orphanage, has never learned how to care for her own child.
Genna grew up with a mother, who didn’t care for her. She was never taught how to parent, and when her own children were placed at an orphanage due to extreme poverty, neglect and abuse, they had no one to teach them basic life skills.
Allison took Nahomy, Estefani and Flor home as nieces hoping to place them with a forever family. When things didn’t work out with the intended adoptive family, their social worker looked into the possibility of the sisters moving back in with their mother. One of the stipulations, she moves away from the area of abuse.
Genna is now living in a house down the road from Allison with her three girls. She is working in the kitchen at Allison’s, and the three girls go to school with Allison’s children and play with them in the afternoon. Having mother and girls in the house, allows Allison to teach Genna the life skills and parenting tools no one bothered to give her before. As Genna has a passion for cooking, she is attending chef school two days a week in the city and just completed the first semester with honors. She dreams about one day having her own restaurant.
Genna is a hard worker, she showed that from the first day she came to EFP. She has a purpose and a dream to pursue, and her girls enjoy being back with their own mother, having their own family.
The rest of us enjoy the delicious food Genna creates, the spark in her eyes when we meet her in the kitchen, and the hope, that this family might actually break the cycle of poverty.
Genna has made many strides, however she and her children are still at risk of falling back into the cycle, and need assistance. Also her oldest boy is still in an orphanage. If you would like to partner with us, the family is in need of financial support for living and necessities while Genna is studying. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.