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Mother’s Day – Motherhood, tough but worth it!

This Mother’s day we asked Pamela Skuse to tell us what it is really like being “Mamá” to so many children at Misión México. Motherhood is certainly interesting!

It’s certainly been a challenge to be mother to numerous children from dysfunctional backgrounds, linked by the curse of poverty. Raising six children was a challenge in itself, but then to take on the responsibility of children who are each carrying scars of abuse and suffering, in a developing country, hasn’t been easy.

Though, through all the hardships of raising such children, I have learnt so much and to love unconditionally. In return, I have received love in abundance.

Pam, Luis, Daniela & Marli

Pam, Luis, Daniela & Marli

How wonderful for me to see each of these children grow and develop talents that would have remained untapped if they had not come into the love and security of this very big family.

I won’t lie; it’s been an incredibly hard journey, but also so satisfying now to see that the children are finally challenging themselves to become ‘the best that they can be’.

At times, when I have felt like I have failed with one child or another, due to them leaving too soon, before they reached their full potential, I am reminded that I wasn’t promised that I would see an end result, but that I was called to be part of their journey.

I was reminded of this one day when I was at an intersection in Tapachula when I heard; ‘Mamá!’, yelled out by a street kid, and was greeted with a huge smile and a kiss on the cheek, it was then that I knew that by showing love through caring for this boy, be it for a short time, still made a difference in his life. At that moment, though I was humbled, I also felt a sense of pride that I was part of his journey.

My role as a mother in this magical country called Mexico, is to love and nurture; to love these children unconditionally, and to provide each child with the security and opportunities to help them develop so that they can reach their full potential, and this, I will try to do to the best of my abilities until I am called from this world.

Pam and Maria flying high

Pam and Maria flying high

Mother’s day – Mum’s inspiring change

This past month we have been celebrating International Women’s Day at Mision México. We have interviewed three of our incredible young ladies, explored the role of men in inspiring change for women, and now on Mother’s Day we turn our attention to mums.

International mum movements

The role of educated, empowered, equipped mothers in the development of their families, communities and nations is widely documented and underpins the push behind many campaigns aimed at young girls such as The Girl Effect led by Nike Foundation, in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls. The idea behind many of these international movements is to “leverage the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.?

The international community is united in their desire to end the suffering of women for whom motherhood has been forced upon them too early or has caused them great suffering due to a lack of access to maternal health care. Furthermore, there is a recognition that young girls who become mothers too early leave school, are unable to work or generate an income, which not only leaves themselves and their children in a hugely vulnerable position, but means they are not contributing to the economic growth of their country. In fact, in India, adolescent pregnancy results in nearly $10billion in lost potential income per year! It is also well documented that children of mothers who have been forced into motherhood too early are likely to repeat the pattern and so the cycle of poverty continues.

Pamela Skuse’s effect at Mision Mexico

 At Mision México we have seen the powerful effect a strong, compassionate, loving mother can have on young girls (and boys). Pamela Skuse has become a source of inspiration, comfort and advice for all her children and her determination that they should be educated, compassionate and driven can be seen in the choices they make and the self believe they exhibit.

She is an example of how when we invest in young girls, they grow up to be well equipped mothers, who break the cycle of poverty for their children. Pam’s children have come from a wide range of backgrounds, some poor, some abusive, some neglectful. She changed their lives, with the help of our sponsors, by giving them an education and instilling in them determination, self believe, and a desire to follow their dreams. We have already seen the effect this has had on Maria, Katherine and Dulce and we can’t wait to see how they, and all the children at the refuge, change the world for themselves, their future families and their communities.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May we wish a Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there working hard to give their children the childhood they deserve and may we thank those investing in young girls all over the world so they may reach their full potential and inspire change in their own lives and the lives of others if they choose to become mothers. May you have a restful day surrounded by those who love you most.