By Maria Hicks, HOI Nicaragua Mission Volunteer
Raised in Los Robles, Nicaragua, twenty-eight-year old Dolores Rivera has faced many challenges. Contracting polio at the age of four caused her to develop spinal deformities. In spite of her physical disabilities, however, she exudes a sense of determination, strength and purpose.
Although she was warned of the possibility that she could die if she ever gave birth, she took the chance because she wanted to have the opportunity to be a mother. Dolores overcame the odds and now has two healthy boys, ages seven and nine. After her husband died, she traveled all over Nicaragua with her sons and worked as a wash woman to support her family.
After returning to the town where she grew up, the community gave her a plot of land to build a home. The neighbors assist her by donating clothes and shoes for her sons. Dolores raises pigs and chickens for income and also works for a farmer during corn and coffee harvest seasons.
In December, the HOI Nicaragua mission trip team helped her build a new, efficient brick stove and replace the tattered tarp covering her kitchen with a tin roof. “I am very grateful to the HOI group for building my stove and fixing the roof. Now the rain won’t come into my kitchen when I cook,” Dolores said.
This tiny woman is a community volunteer with a big heart. Having only received a 5th grade education herself, she wants a better future for her children and dreams of the day that her boys will finish school and start careers of their own.
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