MEET FRAMELY YENYETE
A 23 year old mother of 3 from Tamarindo
Framely has faced many hardships in her lifetime, especially in the recent passing of her husband. Her story, her strength, and her involvement with Makarios has inspired us to recognize the challenges our students and families overcome everyday. She has reminded us of the hope that is found in community, and the importance of the work we do with your help.
Framely’s parents are from Santo Domingo, where her mom was a housekeeper and her father worked in construction. As a child, she lost her younger brother, and 4 years ago she lost her father. At 16 years old, she became a wife. By attending the nighttime high school program for adults, she was able to finish high school despite the challenges around her. In search of a better life, Framely and her husband moved to Montellano.
The hardest challenge she has faced is what she is facing today. Framely lost her husband a few months ago and is in the midst of adjusting to life without him and thinking towards the future of her family. In addition to grief, there are pressing burdens that make daily life more overwhelming. Her husband’s sudden passing left her with no access to the basic health insurance they previously had. Without a job, she was forced to move to her mom's home, which currently houses Framely's sister, brother, mother, nieces, and nephews. In the last few months, Framely has faced hostility from her late husband's side of the family concerning her ability to take care of her children. Through the difficulty, God has provided people to help her. Her older brother has taken on the responsibility of caring for his entire family. With very little, he has been the direct support of his own family, his mom, sister, and five children. Her church has been a blessing for her and her family, and her husband's former employer has offered her support through the last few months.
MAKARIOS AS AN ANSWER TO PRAYERS
At the age of 17, Framely became a believer. For the next 4 years, she was committed to her faith but has since struggled. A couple of years ago, Framely applied to Makarios and put her children's names on the waiting list.
After the death of her husband, Makarios’ family ministry visited Framely at her home to share the news that her daughter, Maily, would be a member of Makarios’ kinder class. To Framely, this moment was a representation of God’s promises. The timing and the nature of this news helped her realized He has not and never will abandon her.
However, our Family Empowerment program did not stop there. Makarios was not only interested in educating her daughter, but wanted to invite her whole family into our family. We wanted to invest in her.
MAKARIOS IMPACTING HER FAITH
We asked Framely to describe to us what her experience has been as a part of the Makarios Family.
“It was recently, in a Family Empowerment meeting where I heard Laurie Majcher, the director of the school, who was invited to speak to the families. She said something that really caught my attention and my heart. Laurie was describing the way we as parents become mirrors for our kids. That’s when I became aware of the impact I can have on my kids. I don’t want my kids to be led to the wrong path because of me. Whatever they see me do will teach them something. I AM A MIRROR TO MY KIDS. It really challenged me to rethink my journey with the Lord.”
MAKARIOS IMPACTING THE FAMILY
“I am so grateful for Makarios.”
Framely described that her daughter, Maily, comes home from school every day explaining something new she learned in class. Just as often as she talks about her classroom experience, she tells stories of how the staff outside the classroom loves and cares for her, not just her teachers.
“ It makes me hopeful that my daughter receives that kind of treatment outside of our home.”
Framely has been regularly attending Family Empowerment meetings. Recently, she participated in a parent training she heard of through Makarios, given by a local organization called CONANI. She learned some new strategies to implement in parenting; they have been really helpful in keeping family routines. Framely said, “When I told Maily that we were going to do a chore chart, she immediately asked what her duties for the morning were.”
Framely’s story is unique, but the challenges she faces are common amongst families in our communities. We believe in the power of relationships, and the light they can bring to people going through any struggle. The challenges we see point us to the power of God and the hope we find in Him.
“God gives me Hope, and He also gives me hope through my kids.
I believe that with Him I am going to be okay.”