The Time for Change is Now
Despite the challenges faced in the community, this women's group is striving for positive change. Their mission is three-fold:
(1) To help women in the community raise their children while their fathers are out trying to find work.
(2) To identify additional income sources so their children can obtain an education, whether for school supplies or to cover education costs, required for many after secondary school.
(3) To help increase access to medical care for women in their community as they currently do not have savings to pay hospital costs/bills.
There are roughly 800 women living in the community, each with an average of six children. While their husbands are away working, or looking for work, these women provide for their families on the home front. But, it’s no easy task, given the sheer number of children they care for, limited resources, and lack of access to health care. In hopes of generating additional income for their family, they work to sell homemade soap, baskets, and coconuts to tourists visiting the area, in many cases why the eldest child watches over their younger siblings.