Children imitate the environment they live in. They are little sponges, soaking up information at an impressive rate. When parents support their children emotionally, spiritually, and economically, they flourish into confident, community-minded adults who can support themselves. But sometimes, parents need help, especially those raised in poverty. To break the barriers to poverty, we need to break the mindsest of defeat.
At our Tondo site in the Philippines, a weekend seminar for couples designed to strengthen relationships is healing bonds, lifting families, and giving children the confidence they need to succeed.
Every month, about 40 couples attend the seminar, which has been running since 2018. Like many new initiatives, attendance and participation were a challenge in the beginning. Our site workers were bombarded with reasons that people couldn’t attend, the most common being that fathers have to work or there would be no food for the day.