For nine months, Esperanza carried little Ana near her heart in her womb; born with a birth defect and unable to walk by herself, Esperanza still carried her nine year-old daughter—near her heart—in her arms.
Esperanza’s husband—the father of her children—died soon after Ana was born. The family had no money for medical treatment or a wheelchair for Ana. Esperanza carried her everywhere she went. When the family’s house was destroyed by a tornado two years ago, the impoverished family made the decision to leave Guatemala. Accompanied by her 11 year-old son José and 14 year old daughter Maria, Esperanza carried Ana in her arms to our country in hopes of finding a better life—and possibly medical care for Ana. Two weeks ago, they reached the border. The family spent five days in an Immigration holding cell, where the temperature was 62 degrees, and little Ana especially suffered because she could not move to keep warm. When they received their documents, Immigration officials asked if La Posada could accommodate the family.
Esperanza with Ana in her arms and accompanied by José and Maria, arrived at La Posada last Wednesday, August 14th. That very afternoon, Selina Salinas from Salinas Medical Supply made Providence visible to Ana and her family by providing a wheel chair. Two days later, the family was on their way to live with a relative, very grateful to La Posada and Salinas Medical Supplies – and hopeful for a better future.