In 2007, I moved to Colombia to get my life started. In 2009, I became a mom to my beautifully wild child, Lola. For the past 10 years, I have been working hard to provide her with a happy and stable life regardless of our circumstances. I was able to complete a Bachelor’s of Art in English with the California Baptist University with their online accelerated program, an In-Service Certificate of English Language Teaching, and am currently completing my Postgraduate Certificate of Education (International) all while working full-time as a school teacher and being a single mom to Lola. I strive for her to have a better life with new opportunities that will take her to new places to live new experiences that will gradually expand her way through this world. I am fortunate enough to have a profession that allows me to give her these opportunities through a good education and comfortable life-style.
We were recently given the opportunity to leave Colombia and take on a new experience abroad in Argentina. However, our trip was cut at the last minute due to legal issues that affect Lola’s right to leave the country. Colombian laws have not been easy when it comes to legal parental rights regardless the presence and lack of responsibility of the other parent. Since the trip to Argentina was cut last minute, we have had our whole world turned upside down; we had already sold our belongings, packed up our lives in five suitcases, signed over our apartment, left our job and school, and had our good-byes. In the span of a couple weeks, we had to scramble to find a place to stay (thank you Lily, Kristen and Angela!), find a school, find a job, and find a sense of stability within the chaos.
Luckily, we have been able to gradually find our way through the madness with the support of amazing friends and family, and we were able to use our savings to keep us afloat during this time. I have also gone back to my roots of teaching English freelance and doing some yoga classes. I have continued to fight for Lola’s legal right to leave Colombia so that she can have a better quality of life, the life she deserves. However, this comes at a price. We are finding it hard to cover all the legal fees that the process requires at the same time paying for her education. The legal fees and school fees for the next few months total up to approximately $5,000 USD.
I have never been good at asking for help. In fact, I would rather hit rock bottom than ask for help, but I have a couple friends who have given me a kick in the bum to take my own advice of letting go of my ego and using those who love and support us. So this is me asking for help. I am asking for help to raise these $5,000 USD so that we are able to continue to process in the next few months in acquiring Lola’s legal authorization to leave the country with the promise that we will use our future opportunities to contribute to society in the most positive manner.
On another note, I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive during these hard times. I must say that we are actually incredibly lucky to have a strong foundation to build up from when we look at the big picture. We are blessed.