For years, in order to make a living, Cornelia’s parents have left abroad for work. The poverty and lack of jobs in their commune, as well as the fact that it is so far away from the city determined them to make this decision in order to “be able to give something to our children”, as Cornelia’s mother confesses. Right now, she is in the country for a short time, with Cornelia and her younger 3 year and a half old sister, Maria.
While her mother is in the country, Cornelia lives with her and her sister in a single room, in the house that’s under construction that her parents have struggled to build for the last few years, since they started working abroad. While both of her parents are away, Cornelia lives with her grandparents, who take care of her and try to help her with school as best they can. However, Cornelia is very close to her mother and misses her a lot when she is away:
“I love my grandparents, but it’s the best when my mother is here. She’s my best friend and I wish she were with me all the time”, Cornelia confesses. Cornelia’s mother also talks about the hardships that she goes through when she is away from her girls: “I work thinking about them and encourage myself, saying that everything I’m doing is so that I can offer them more. We’re fighting to build a house for ourselves, we’re trying to send Cornelia everything she needs to go to school…Sometimes it’s so hard that I would give it all up and go back.” Cornelia is talented at music. She likes to sing and can’t wait to get to the fifth grade to be a part of the school choir and participate in music contests and festivals with other children.There are many children like them. Help them!
- Children with parents abroad