At Open Arms, sustainability is help that creates forward movement. It's a hand up, not a handout.
Here's what that looks like for Mama Lucy:
Because of your generous support, Mama Lucy is able to send her children to Open Arms Academy. But that support isn't just opening a classroom door for her children - it's changing the trajectory of her entire family.
Mama Lucy had her first baby when she was only 13 years old. She had to drop out of school before finishing eighth grade.
Life was tough, and her family struggled to make ends meet. Wherever she looked for work, she was turned away because of her lack of education.
Then her daughter received a sponsorship at Open Arms Academy. Mama Lucy was ecstatic! At that moment, she resolved to set an example for her children.
First, she went back to school and finished eighth grade. Then she went to high school and excelled in her final exams.
Mama Lucy now walks into her job at a mobile banking company every day with new-found confidence, knowing that she's setting an example for her daughter.
Mama Lucy told us, "Open Arms helped me by educating my child, and I decided that I would show my gratitude by working hard to improve my life. We cannot just sit back and receive help. We also need to work hard to improve. It is thanks to you that I am who I am today."
Thank you for making opportunities like this possible. You are changing lives!
Executive Director, Open Arms International US