Sunday, October 2, 2011

Caring for Maria

Maria and her three children. All are fully immunized
© UNICEF Timor-Leste
Baucau, Timor-Leste.  In the village of Bahu, Golgota, Baucau District, Maria Auxiliadora proudly shows off her three children. Her smile shines brightly despite the obvious poverty that surrounds her. Part of the roof of her house was blown away by the strong wind and a plastic tarp is in its place. A cart is loaded with empty plastic containers indicating that the water for her family’s needs must be fetched several hours away. She has no work and she no longer has a husband.

“I am just grateful that my children are all healthy and I am thankful to Candida Flores for making this possible,” she said.