Rise & Shine scholar tells of his mother’s brave journey

Devoted parents and guardians are key to the success of Rise & Shine. One scholar tells of his mother's sacrifices to build a better life for herself and her children.

Josue Alvarado, Staff Writer

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Marithza Alvarado’s scariest moment in her journey to the United States came when she crossed the border. She had come from Honduras on a bus but had to walk a whole night to cross from northern Mexico to El Paso, Texas. She shivered from the cold, had little food and slept outside.

“I suffered from hunger and cold, “  said Alvarado, 33. “I thought I would never make it.” 

Marithza Alvarado is my mother. She made this dangerous journey before I was born but she knew that my siblings and I would have better opportunities for learning and success in the U.S. I appreciate what my mother did for me, all the suffering she had to go through, leaving her career behind just for her children to have better chances for a good life. 

Fourteen years ago, Alvarado lived in Saba,Colon Honduras with her mother and father, two sisters and one brother. She worked as an assistant teacher in Honduras at an elementary school.

She made very little money because in Honduras the level of study is very low and the payments are also low. She’s the oldest child of the family and because of that she could not rely on other family members to help buy her clothes or teaching supplies.

So my mother came to the United States by taking a bus to the Rio Grande River, which she crossed In a boat. In the process she slept in the night and cold and very little food. When she crossed the river, she arrived at El Paso, and her family picked her up and drove her to Brevard.

She started working as a dishwasher at the El Ranchero restaurant and later on moved to Marco Trattoria to make salads.

She had to learn the language. She struggles with it but has been developing her skills. She also had to adjust to the culture here that is very different than in Hondoras, with different festivals and celebrations of Christmas.

My mother now has four children and still works at Marco. She is planning to get married and eventually move  to Mexico, where her future husband is from, and continue her teaching career. But for now she is staying in Brevard and working on building a two-story house.

Me and my siblings have a better life than if my mother would have stayed in Honduras. She said that the schools here are bigger and better here. I have opportunities here that I couldn’t have had in Honduras, like going to Rise & Shine and playing trying out for the soccer team at Brevard Middle School. I really appreciate what my mom did for my siblings so we can have these awesome opportunities for a better life and success.