Everything is going to be alright, something better is yet to come

Publié: 19 août 2016 22:24 CET

Amparo Benavides has two children with special needs. Her husband passed away nine months ago, and after the earthquake her home was damaged and she has nowhere to go. She has endured life's hardships, she explains during an Ecuadorean Red Cross aid delivery in the Charapotó community, Manabí province, where she lives with her family.

Her children, Holger and Jenny, 20 and 30, are completely dependent on her to survive. They need special care, and she has made a lot of sacrifices to be able to look after them. Amparo remembers when Holger’s health started to deteriorate. He was only one year old. “He had no problems walking and showed no signs of being sick. Then he started having difficulty to move his arms and legs and to speak, until one day when he stopped walking,” says Amparo.

These hardships did not stop Amparo from finding a way to support her family. She used to travel all the time to the city of Guayaquil to buy clothes she later resold. In those days, her husband used to stay home and look after the children. But nine months ago Amparo lost her husband, and the situation got worse. “Now that my husband is gone, I cannot travel because my children need special care. I have to stay and look after them,” says Amparo.

Just when Amparo had started to manage the situation, the 16 April earthquake shook her world again. Her house walls are now weakened. She and her family sleep outdoors, in the backyard. She fears that the aftershocks will destroy what is left of her home.

Despite all odds, she does not give up and affirms that her positivism will help her to move forward. “Everything is going to be alright, something better is yet to come,” says Amparo. None of the hardships she has endured in life has stopped her from fighting for her family. She says this disaster will not break her will.