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My Community, My Story:
Mothers in honduras

We’re pleased to present a series, in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), that gives voice to a few of the many individuals positively impacted by WFP’s School Meals initiative. Michael Kors is proud to support this program, which provides food to more than 20 million children within the education system of developing countries, every year.

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In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we spoke with mothers in Honduras about their daily life, participation in the School Meals initiative and their hopes and dreams for the future.

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ingrid 
LOCATION:
La Cenicera, Honduras
CHILDREN:
11-year-old son, 7-year-old daughter and 8-month-old daughter 
WORK:
Ingrid collects and sells firewood, works as a clothes-washer, and is an active member of the mothers’ committee who prepare School Meals. 
ON COMMUNITY:
“My children walk an hour to get to school. We have water but not electricity. There is a strong sense of family and support.” 
ON THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM:
“There are days where I can provide breakfast for my children, but other days I can’t. School Meals eases this worry and burden.” 
ON HER CHILDREN’S FUTURE:
“My son wants to be a doctor and my daughter a police officer. I know that will not be easy, but I am willing to work hard to help them to achieve their dreams.”

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Maria Elena 
LOCATION:
La Pintada, Honduras
CHILDREN:
8-year-old daughter, son in the 4th grade, and two other children unable to attend school due to health issues 
WORK:
“I stay home taking care of the children and make ‘tuza’ dolls (made with maize leaves). My children help me make the dolls and sell them with me when they finish their homework.” 
ON COMMUNITY:
“I live in a small community with a beautiful school. My children are taught in both Spanish and Chorti, so they won’t lose our mother tongue.” 
ON THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM:
“This program is a blessing for us. My children not only receive an education but also eat at school.” 
ON HER CHILDREN’S FUTURE:
“I would like them to become teachers or have a university degree, to have better future.”

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Adela 
LOCATION:
La Pintada, Honduras
CHILDREN:
4 school-aged children 
WORK:
“I work with four other women making scarves and tablecloths. With the money we earn we buy school supplies for our children. I also belong to the school mothers’ committee and prepare the school meals— a group of 3 mothers help prepare the food on a daily basis. We have a different menu each day.”  
ON THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM:
“The program is a big help for us. We only have to worry about providing something to eat in the morning because our children will receive food at school, so we also save money.” 
ON HER CHILDREN’S FUTURE:
“I hope that they continue studying and they become teachers. I hope to have the resources to support them.”

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Doris 
LOCATION:
Ingrula, Honduras
CHILDREN:
11-year-old, 9-year-old twins, 6-year-old and two children not yet in school 
WORK:
“I am a single mother and my main source of income is selling wild berries that I pick. When it is not berries season, I work on coffee plantations and wash clothes. I also belong to the mothers’ committee who prepare the School Meals. Cooking for them brings us all so much joy and happiness.” 
ON THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM:
“With the food that our children receive they are healthier, the food provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals that they need to grow.” 
ON HER CHILDREN’S FUTURE:
“I dream that they never limit themselves. That they become engineers, lawyers and, why not, doctors!”

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Emma 
LOCATION:
Sabanetas, Honduras
CHILDREN:
13 and 10-year-old daughters 
ON THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM:
“The primary reason many parents send their children to the school is for them to receive their meals. The children eat everything we prepare for them with love—they like soups, tamales, pastelitos (pastries). When they are hungry they can’t concentrate, they are busy thinking about food, and so this makes them better students.” 
ON HER CHILDREN’S FUTURE:
“My oldest wants to become a nurse and my youngest wants to study business administration—I dream of their graduations. I want nothing more for them to have everything they want in life, all the things that I couldn’t have.”

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Julia 
LOCATION:
Ingrula, Honduras
CHILDREN:
4 children, including a daughter in the 7th grade who walks 2 hours to get to class 
ON COMMUNITY:
“Most people work and live off the land. We have our church and school, but we are in need of a better school. Our current one has only two classrooms and two teachers for all six grade levels.” 
ON THE SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM:
“The children are better students and yearn to go to school. They know if they stay home there won’t be anything to eat. I hear in other communities that children don’t want to go to school, but here they get sad when school is closed.” 
ON HER CHILDREN’S FUTURE:
“It is my dream that they are successful. I imagine my oldest as a doctor, my middle children as engineers, and the youngest a lawyer.”


For every Michael Kors 100 Series watch sold, 100 children in need will receive a nutritious meal from the WFP.*   To make a donation, visit www.wfp.org/kors.

*For every sale of the 100 Series watch, Michael Kors will donate US $25 to WFP. Please note that WFP does not endorse any product or service.