Case study: Helping Margarita heal
“We meet, we discuss, we laugh, we chat, sometimes we dance...You forget all that you were feeling, because it helps you.” Margarita, El Salvador
Margarita, 60, lives in a gang-ridden area of San Salvador. A few years ago, Margarita’s son was killed - caught in the crossfire of a gun battle. In the months after his murder, Margarita struggled to come to terms with her grief and could not imagine a future without her son.
Local experts, supported by CAFOD, reached out to Margarita, who they knew had become isolated and withdrawn from her community. With their help, she was able to start talking about her grief and the everyday struggles she was facing. She became an active member of her community again and took the opportunity to participate in different groups to help her heal.
Now Margarita regularly takes part in activities funded by CAFOD, which she sees as part of an ongoing journey towards her recovery and emotional wellbeing.
“The workshops they run have really helped me to keep going,” she says with a smile.