HOW A PRETTY DRESS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
In 2010, a destitute widow and her two teenage children were living in La Junta, Chihuahua, a small town near the mountains. The widow had entered into a common law marriage with a man who subsequently decided that her teenage children were expensive and a bother. He decided that they would have to leave his home.
The desperate mother came to Goretty Lerma, the director of La Gran Familia and asked if Eduardo (15) and Mirna (14) could live at LGF and go to school. Goretty agreed that they could come. Eduardo adapted rather easily to his new home, but Mirna was angry. Her father had died and she had now been shipped off to a children’s shelter in Cuauhtemoc. She was consumed with hatred for her stepfather and was not doing well in school although she was very bright.
Shortly after Mirna’s arrival, she celebrated her 15th birthday. The custom at LGF is to have a large quinceanera birthday party for each girl that turns 15. It shows the community and the girl that they are loved and valued. The parties require a pretty formal dress and a band. They are not cheap but they are important.
When Mirna realized that in her new home there were “parents” who cared enough about her to give her a Quinceanera, it brought about a complete change in her attitude and outlook on life. She began to adapt to LGF, and she excelled at school. She graduated from High School last May and has been accepted into a six year program at the University of Chihuahua to become a physician. Recently she was asked if the courses at the university were too hard. Her reply was, “they aren’t too hard for me!” Thank you for helping to make opportunities available for young people like Mirna. She has the grit and determination to make the most of the chance that you have given her.