I have been home for a few days now – home from our fifth Project Grace trip – and I am still trying to process all that happened, the obvious and the subtle transformations. Our group consisted of 5 bereaved mothers and a photographer. We traveled to Bucerias, a small village north of Puerto Vallarta. While there we worked at Manos de Amor Casa Hogar, the local orphanage. We cleaned, we cooked, we played with the children, and we joined them in their daily walks to and from school. We also became quite close with the staff at this orphanage, and learned that the beloved cook was also a bereaved mom. One very special day was spent at Families at the Dump. No mystery about what goes on there – close to 300 people, both young and old, live at the Puerto Vallarta landfill. Families at the Dump program not only distributes food, but helps facilitate job training, and education.
Our purpose is always the same – to love and to serve. We do this to honor our children who have died too soon, and we do it to connect with a group unique unto its own. What happens on these trips is so extraordinary – we cry, we laugh, we support each other. As one bereaved mom mentioned to us, quote – ” it’s the only option that makes any sense to me now.”
– Carole Mahoney, Co-Director, Project Grace