We met a little boy from Cuba, whose family just arrived here in the states a month ago. He is 4 years old, and is as sweet as can be. His mother told us their story, and we would like to share it with you. They traveled on plane, bus, and foot through 10 different countries to get here. It took them a month and a half. Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica... just to name a few.
Some of these countries are extremely dangerous in certain areas, and when you're carrying a small child on foot or by bus, you can only imagine how terrifying it must have been. She said they were in constant danger, and only God was their protection. They slept on buses, and wherever they could find. All she had with her was a backpack full of food.
From what we know, families will put away money for years to save enough for a plane ticket. They are willing to risk their lives for a better place of living, for them and their families. What we hope to learn from this story is to never judge others at first sight. When this family came into our facility to get clothing and hygiene items, we didn't have a clue what they had been through until she shared her story with us at the end of their visit.