Solidarity Hands: Women’s Group Helps Families in Paraguay

Wairimu Mwangi
June 26, 2023

In life, we all face different challenges and stressful situations with all that goes on in the world around us. The person next to you on the bus, on the street, or in the park could be straining, unable to share about the trials they face for fear of being harshly judged. Kindness isn’t just essential to help others, it is also vital to our own wellbeing.

When we are kind, we are compassionate, generous, considerate, and empathetic towards others. We aspire to help others through actions like volunteering, engaging in a worthy cause, or just being there to support those who need us in our communities. This helps all of us to have a sense of belonging.

Women volunteer to bring essential goods to families in need.

Women volunteer to bring essential goods to families in need.

That is why a group called “Solidarity Hands” is helping make a difference in Paraguay. Solidarity Hands is a collaborative initiative that engages women from Global Peace Women and Global Peace Foundation in monthly volunteer service projects that provide support to vulnerable women, families, and communities in Paraguay.

In March 2023, Solidarity Hands visited the family of Mrs. Lucia López, who suffers from cancer of the upper jaw. She is the mother of eight minor children who lives in a vulnerable area of the Bañado Norte neighborhood of Asunción. The purpose of the visit was to deliver donations to assist the family to meet their basic needs. The family was incredibly grateful for the bags of rice, sugar, yerba mate, flour, noodles, salt, oil, eggs, beans, toilet paper, bath soaps, and clothes in good condition, among other items.

The group of women that visited Mrs. Lucia called themselves the “Morning Breezes.” The group is made up of about ten women volunteers who contribute their own resources and raise funds for groceries, clothes, sheets, and blankets for those in need.

Such acts of kindness remind us all that we are indeed “One Family under God.”

Global Peace Women, an affiliate of Global Peace Foundation, advocates for the essential role of women as leaders in peacebuilding around the world. A GPW representative stated, “We are motivated by people who are kind and generous to others. They embody our spirit of ‘Living for the Greater Good.’ Other ways that we recommend of showing kindness to others include checking in with our neighbors, relatives, and the less fortunate members of our communities, listening empathetically, mentoring others, and engaging in charity work.’

What are you doing to show kindness today?

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