Now, I know that children are resilient and are able to find happiness in the tiniest nooks and in the hardest of situations, but I was shocked to see that these children were far from lacking in how much love they received on a daily basis from their tias (Spanish for ‘aunt’).
There was at least one tia in each house in which the children stay. They cook. They clean. They get them ready for school. They laugh and smile with them when they do well. They discipline them when they misbehave. They comfort them when they cry. They do the little things, like make special frozen chocolate covered bananas treats to eat on a hot afternoon. They pray with them and they pray for them. These women empower the children in their care to live full, joyful lives and to dream about the future rather than worry about taking care of their needs today.