Adventist Review Online | Refugee Mothers Honored for Mother’s Day in Brazil

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Members of the CARE project teamed up to promote a special day for 55 women.

The Adventist lay-led Center for Support and Reference to Refugees and Migrants (CARE), based in Manaus, Brazil, recently honored women who were forced to leave Venezuela and now live as refugees in the capital city of the Amazonas region. The May 9, 2019 event was a way of thanking and showing affection to mothers, organizers said.

“Every day, hundreds of Venezuelan mothers face a routine of desolation and sadness,” CARE leaders explained. “Many had to leave their children behind and look for resources in neighboring countries.”

  • Venezuelan refugee mothers get ready to enjoy a special Mother’s Day breakfast as part of a day designed to boost their self-esteem, in Manaus, Brazil, on May 9, 2019. [Photo: Bárbara Katherinne, South American Division News]
  • An expectant mother smiles as a CARE volunteer takes an “official” picture to help her remember the special Mother’s Day celebration in Manaus, Brazil, on May 9, 2019. [Photo: Bárbara Katherinne, South American Division News]

Karina is one of them. A mother of three, she lives as a refugee in Manaus.

“I have been in Brazil for three months now, and I do not know when I will be able to return to Venezuela. It seems it will take a long time because the crisis never ends,” she said.

A Different Kind of Day

Trying to ease the ongoing plight of Venezuelan women, CARE set out to offer them a different kind of day. On that day, women volunteers greeted 55 refugee mothers with messages of comfort and a special breakfast. After eating, they were invited to take part in activities meant to boost the mothers’ self-esteem, including hair washing, trimming, and brushing. Refugee mothers could also opt for relaxing massages, skin cleansing, or hands and feet treatment sessions. 

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