March 26, 2021
For Daniela, being a single mother comes with the tough decision of what to prioritize: money or food? Both take time, something she always seems to lack between part-time work that does not pay enough and four children at home.
Before the pandemic, the economy of Daniela’s home country, Moldova, was projected to grow by 6.9% by the end of 2021. Now, it is expected to decrease -0.6% instead. Daniela’s family was affected personally, with work becoming more difficult to find nearby, and family and friends being cut out of their life for connection and support.
Throughout the pandemic, CERI has played an important role in keeping Moldovan children from going hungry. While we have always met needs, the importance of a family’s income and stable sources of food have never been as apparent as now.
Food is one of the simplest ways to help children around the world, but also one of the most important. No one understands that more than people like Daniela, who works less often than she would like because her four children, ages 3 to 14, will always need their next meal.
“I want my children to have a better life than me and never want for basic things,” Daniela told us. She works hard today with the hope that her children will find stable careers and a steadier life as adults than she has been able to provide them so far. For the last five years, Daniela has raised her family alone and is the only source of income.
Without CERI, Daniela’s family life would be difficult. She could not afford fresh fruits and would not have the social services that are so important for their physical, emotional and relational growth. There would be no socializing or learning of life skills for the children, and discussions, counseling and gaining of parenting skills for their mother.
Regular CERI food packs provide Daniela with essential ingredients so she can focus on bigger goals for her family. Thanks to supporters like you, Daniela does not worry so often about her family’s next meal.
“When my children are full, I feel good and peaceful,” says Daniela.
For a single mother of four impacted by the pandemic, having one less meal to worry about makes life less burdensome and hopeful still.
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