Helmut Kutin award winner 2012

Margarita Maximiana Cusihuamán Sisa from Peru

Helmut-Kutin-Preis Gewinnerin 2012: Margarita Maximiana Cusihuaman SisaFoto: SOS-Archiv

All 25 of her children, whom she raised with love and patience, have achieved a higher degree of education. But what really makes her special is the persistence and respect she has put into building and maintaining a caring relationships with the biological parents of her children – a revolutionary approach back when she started 26 years ago. With patience and empathy she helped her children understand and respect the situation in which their own parents decided to abandon them. As difficult and challenging as this task is, this is today the common understanding of the SOS mother's role. That is why she became, and still is, a pioneer in the work with biological families in SOS Children’s Villages Peru.

"What motivates Margarita to move forward is to see her oldest children personally and professionally self-fulfilled and taking care of their own families," comments the village director. "Although she already has 10 grandchildren, she is still very dynamic and enterprising, but above all she feels happy and satisfied with the life choice she made."


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