“I was raised in a destitute family of nine members in a very poor community. My mother was unemployed, and my father was engaged in petty trade. Regular meals were rare and scholastic materials were unaffordable. I was forced to quit school half of each day and work in hard labor to support the family. I could not give much time to my education and eventually lost interest.
I was lucky enough to get enrolled in ChildFund’s sponsorship program. Through ChildFund, lunch was provided for students at a center in the community, my family got medical refunds, and kitchen utensils, blankets and toiletries were handed out once a year. Hospitals, fully equipped youth centers and kindergarten schools, were also built. I was also a member of a credit and savings association.
Unfortunately, I was too focused on earning money and had to drop out of school when I reached the tenth grade. I was a mechanic at a small garage and did some shoe repair in my spare time. At some point this was not enough, so my friends and I decided to try the immigrant life and fled the country. After six months of suffering and destitution, we decided to return the motherland.
We approached the local partner that we were involved with previously, and ChildFund once again came to our rescue. Through the aid of a grant program, I now have a shop where I rent out musical equipment, tents and furniture for occasions like small weddings and graduations.”