Yahmise Hayes is a mother of two from Burgaw, North Carolina. This 22-year-old is also a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, currently stationed at Camp Bastion in remote Afghanistan.
Corporal Hayes is serving as an Administrative Specialist in Afghanistan until October, working 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Her daughters are living with her parents in Wilmington, North Carolina.
As Corporal Hayes’ birthday is on May 8th, just a few days before Mother’s Day, her daughters, Tyana (3) and Serenity (5), will celebrate both her birthday and Mother’s Day together with her over a Skype video call.
Hayes laughs, “I have no idea what they have up their sleeves, they’ve planned something, but [all I know is that] we just planned to Skype on Mother’s Day.”
Even with limited internet access on the base, she says, “Skype is the best way that I keep up with my kids. I try to Skype them, see them, talk to them, and interact with them as much as I can.”
Hayes is also attending college while deployed. She notes, “When we get some time, I like to catch a ride in the ‘bird’ and learn about the work that other people are doing here. Plus, we get to see some of the countryside and mountains in Afghanistan.”
As for connecting with her kids on Skype, she says, “It helps to see them. It’s definitely an eye-opener to what’s going on over here. It helps them to see me on a daily basis and know that I’m OK.”
Here at Skype, we’re honored to know that we are playing even a small part in helping courageous people like Corporal Hayes overcome the distance of being so far from her children.