Life’s Challenges in Anapra

Cristina Estrada
June 8, 2011

Before anything else, I would like to beg your pardon for not writing you for such a long time.  However, I haven’t written you because here things have not been very good.  First of all, I want to tell you that, although I’m very happy that our first scholarship beneficiary has graduated from her university, I’m also very saddened.  Today, May 29th, a young woman who is a neighbor here, and received a scholarship for preparatory schooling through us, has been missing for exactly one month.  We’ve haven’t heard from her nor had any news about her.

Besides all this, there’s the sadness about seeing so many young women who are pregnant, without knowing what their future will be.  The majority are daughter of single mothers, or of problematic marriages.  Even though they know that their future is uncertain, they continue with their studies while pregnant.  The situation of these girls frustrates me a great deal, because really they are children who will be taking care of other children.  I’m not sure if it’s all right, but my intention is to continue helping them, so that they will have at least some degree of formal studies, which will help them take on life’s challenges.  Here life is a little difficult—the violence, the lack of employment, and in addition, the frustration of not being able to do anything.  It makes us feel powerless.

Thank God, we have faith and hope, and thanks to God, as well, we have Father Memo [Father Bill Morton].  If it weren’t for these gifts, everything would be more difficult.

Well, Father, thanks for your patience with me.  Please keep our community in your prayers.

Sincerely, Cristina.