The Capacity of a Mother's Love
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the person, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world (Wikipedia). In the U.S., it is celebrated on the second Sunday each May.
How much can a mother love? That can be answered in many ways:
- A mother can love so much that she spends sleepless nights walking the floors with a colicky infant, trying to soothe the tummy pain.
- A mother can love so much that she will move her children to another country to keep the family together.
- A mother can love so much she will battle the bureaucracy of the school system to get her child the services he or she needs to succeed
- A mother can love so much she will spend years cheering her children on from the sidelines of fields, courts and rinks.
- A mother can love so much she will put aside her own goals to save for her children’s future.
How much can a mother love? Enough to let her child go. You see, not all the children of the Little Hearts Home are orphans. Rather they are children, some of whom have special needs, whom their parents could not care for.
In Haiti, the annual income per capita is $817; in rural areas, it drops to $100. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. It is estimated that 48,000 children 5 years or younger will suffer from severe malnutrition. (Unicef).
The Vladimir Bryant Foundation expanded their mission at the beginning of 2017 to care for children in poverty, regardless of whether they have special needs. While it has stretched our financial resources to care for twice as many children, there is more than enough love to go around.
The mothers who leave their children with our staff do so because they know their children will be safe here. They know they will be fed here. They know they will be loved here. They know that the staff at Little Hearts does not consider them “Kokobe” (worthless) but valuable.
How much can a mother love? Enough to do whatever it takes to give her child a better life.