Sergio smiles despite the poverty he has endured.

Perseverance in Poverty

Sergio smiles despite the poverty he has endured.

PERU – Sergio knows how to cook, clean a house, wash dishes, and has worked in the sawmills—and he is only 12. Though his family lives in poverty, Sergio maintains an optimistic outlook that touches everyone he meets.

The young boy is a delight to his teachers, well loved by his mother, who works hard to raise him and his younger brother alone, and has a powerful outlook on life. Each week, Sergio’s mother leaves to work on a farm to try to make ends meet for her family, often leaving Sergio in charge of his 4-year-old brother, Mauricio.

Sergio is still able to attend school, though. His mother cannot afford a uniform, but Sergio puts on what clothes he has and goes anyway. When he needs money for school supplies, he asks the sawmill workers to hire him so he can pay for them himself.

“I only had a pair of sandals, but they broke,” he said, recalling his last pair of shoes. “My mom didn’t have the money to buy shoes for me.”

The family lived in a dilapidated home where the roof had holes and the doors did not have locks. Sergio’s mother moved them there to escape her abusive husband, and it was all that she could afford.

Operation Blessing saw this brave boy and his hard-working mother and knew they needed help. To start, OB Peru gave Sergio a brand new school uniform, shoes, school supplies, and a chessboard. His little brother was also given new clothes and shoes. The family received groceries, but that was just the start of what Operation Blessing had planned.

Sergio and his family wave from their new house.

Today, Sergio and his family live in a brand new house that is safe and secure for the family, built by Operation Blessing. Sergio is still loving school, and his brother is enrolled for next year.

Even better, their mother, Luz, no longer has to leave her children to earn an income. Instead, OB Peru provided her with her very own food cart and the supplies she needed to get her new business started. She can work right in her community and Sergio can focus on his studies.

“I never imagined this could happen to us,” Luz said. “I am so thankful for the love you have shown to my children and for the way you are helping us. Thank you, Operation Blessing, for giving us this opportunity in life.”

Luz shows off her new business.

STORY UPDATE

MAY 2017 – Sergio’s young life has been completely transformed since Operation Blessing entered the scene several months ago. He now feels safe and secure in his sturdy new home, and his mother’s regular presence brings him and his brother much joy. Luz said, “I am no longer far from my children…I am eternally grateful to OBI.”

Thanks to her new food stall business, Luz has been able to cover all of her household expenses, including electricity and safe water. In addition, she was able to easily pay for Sergio’s school tuition this time around. As for Sergio, he received a special award for being the top student in his classroom during the 2016 school year. And this year he and his brother, Mauricio, started school with new uniforms and ample supplies.

“Thanks to Operation Blessing I have a beautiful house,” Luz said, “a business I’ve never had, my sons are going to school, and all my neighbors say that my house is a miracle of God.” But we at Operation Blessing send our thanks to supporters like you for making all of this possible!

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