Meet William, a 5 year old boy who enrolled in the Center in February of this year. His mother, Doña Vilma, is a single mother of four children. William’s story may be one of the most moving stories in the history of the Acorn Childcare Center.
William’s story begins five years ago, on the Mexican side of the border with Guatemala. A teenage girl in very poor health, gave birth to a baby boy in her humble home where she and her 90 year old grandmother lived. Just minutes after he was born, the young mother died. The grandmother, poor, advanced in age, and with no other relatives to ask for support, abandoned the baby in the road.
Only a little time passed before people in their small community saw the abandoned baby. On this exact day, by chance, Vilma, a single mother herself with three children at home, was traveling through this community for her work as a seamstress. Upon learning of the situation, Vilma asked the people in the community about the options for the baby. No one in the community took responsibility for him and instead encouraged Doña Vilma to adopt him. She did.