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Current Events & News | 06/03/2020

Yanira Rodriguez

This story, originally told in Spanish by the author, has been translated to English and published with minor edits.

My family moved here from El Salvador a few years ago. After only five months here I was in a car accident. At the time I was six months pregnant and in the crash I lost my baby. I still have times when I am sad and think about who my son would have been and what he would look like.   

Though I was still trying to cope with the loss of my son and hadn’t fully recovered, I had to force myself to get up and start working again to support my family. I wasn’t ready physically or emotionally, but I didn’t have a choice. I needed to keep my job. 

When COVID-19 started, I was scared. My family doesn’t have medical insurance and we still have bills from the wreck. I am scared we will catch the virus. We don’t qualify for government assistance and didn’t get a stimulus check because of our documentation status. 

I’m currently working and while I am grateful, because without my job we could not afford the essentials like electricity and food, it means I couldn't be there during the day to help them with their schoolwork. 

My children are in second and fifth grade. They are still learning English. All their homework was in a language I don’t understand, and we don’t have internet. I don’t know how to help them. I don’t know how to teach them in a language I do not understand.

I am really grateful for the help I have received from Stand for Children Indiana. The group chats and volunteers who have translated messages from me to the school were very helpful. My children are getting the best education they can in this situation, but it’s not the same as when schools were open.

With so many other fears, some days it is was hard to worry about schoolwork and our lack of internet. I wanted to help my children with their assignments, but because I am at work I couldn't be there to help them. I’m trying to do the best I can.

If you're in a position with the means to help parents like Yanira, please donate to Stand Indiana today so we can continue providing support during COVID-19 over the summer. 

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