How is CCFC connecting with families in Paraguay?
Reflecting on the importance of loved ones as we celebrate International Day of Families
By Rosanna Menchaca, CCFC, communications manager, Paraguay
PARAGUAY — This weekend is a big one in Paraguay as families prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day and Independence day May 15, while the world celebrates International Day of Families.
“The international day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families,” reads a United Nations online explanation of the day. It echoes the work Christian Children’s Fund of Canada does in each of its our countries of operation, including Paraguay.
In Paraguay — in the 12 months ending March 31 — more than 1,000 parents and community members were trained in life skills; more than 320 women were taught about nutrition and infant feeding; 100 participated in eight Mother’s Clubs; and more than 1,560 community members were educated about human rights and child protection, among other issues.
“Before there was child mistreatment and child labour,” explains Mariza Rivalora, a former leader of a Paraguay community organization. “Mothers sent their children to sell herbs on the street or work … at the brick factory — work that is hard for children. Now … the number of children working is less.”
Indeed, education is power. “I used to believe nobody cared about me. But now that you are supporting us, I feel better,” said Nidia, who can pass that message to her three children.
The children, family and friends we serve at CCFC are part of a country they love. Their understanding of community needs is a big reason why our programs make a positive, lasting difference. To find out more about where we work, visit ccfcanada.ca.