Mother’s Day can be hard for Tearfund Go volunteer Emma*, who lost her mother when she was 20. However, while she was on her placement in Bangladesh, she rediscovered the joy of feeling a mother’s love...
‘I still miss my mother incredibly. She would blast R.E.M, Alison Moyet and Depeche Mode at full volume throughout the house – my love for 80’s music is definitely down to her!
‘She rocked at being herself: always willing to be silly, totally unashamed. I feel so blessed to have had her as my mum. After she died, I never thought anything could come close to the love I received from her.
A new home
‘Last year, something changed. In a small town in southern Bangladesh, I met Saba*. After bumping along dusty roads lined with bright green rice fields for several hours, we arrived in the small community that would be our home.
‘Ushered into a simple, airy building, our team were introduced to the families we would be living with. Saba* introduced herself to me as “ma”, and told me I was now her daughter. Instantly I felt unconditionally loved and welcomed into her family home.