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Super-Mom Does It All

BY ERYN AUSTIN-BERGEN

From her bemused, sideways glance one might wonder if Consolate's husband doesn't usually help with dinner prep. And yes, that is a machete he's using to peel yams!

As a working mom, sometimes it feels like you never really get a breath.


Up early, fix lunches, drive to daycare, work eight hours (grocery shop on your lunch break), cook dinner, bathe the kiddos, clean the bathroom, water the garden, catch up on emails, pay bills, crash into bed. 

Sleep. 

Repeat.

...sound familiar?

A few months ago I proofread Consolate's story that we published in Issue 21 of Food for the Hungry's bi-annual magazine Hope Notes. That story focused on the impact Soup for Kids had on her family, but something else in her story really stood out to me. 

Consolate is a super-mom.

She has three kids and somehow manages to be a full-time, stay-at-home parent while simultaneously being a full-time, work-outside-the-home mom. I don't know how she does it—and with such a smile! 

In her own words here is a brief description of a day in the life of super-mom Consolate Hakizimana:

"My responsibilities as a Burundian woman and farmer are many. I am always busy working on our land and making sure I am planting different types of food for my household. After working in the fields, I start gathering firewood, fetching water, and cooking dinner. Then I feed my family and bathe my young children. For fun, I enjoy visiting my relatives and neighbours to chat and share drinks together. I also like to go to pray with other community members in community prayer meetings."

As we approach yet another Mother's Day, let's champion the stories of mothers around the globe, especially those fighting the uphill battle against poverty. 


They rock my world!



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