“I want my daughter to have what I did not get. I do what I can so that she can get an education and go beyond where I am in life.” Rael’s mother shared during our annual home visits. Rael’s mother is a casual labourer and supplements those earnings by selling potatoes outside her one roomed house that she shares with Rael and her niece.
Rael’s mother’s story mirrors the story of many of the families we serve. A majority of parents lacked the opportunity to finish school and now rely on casual work to provide for their families. One thing that stands out for most of these families is that despite their minimal earnings they, like Rael’s mother, have opened up their homes to a relative(s). This means that they have taken the risk to spread the little they have even thinner so that one more person could have a shot at improving their lives.
A number of the children we support are beneficiaries of this rare kindness. They have been taken in by relatives and they are supported as they receive an education at Fountain of Hope Primary school.
We are inspired by these acts of bravery and kindness and even as we come to the end of the school year, we celebrate our parents. We celebrate their vision for these children, their resilience and the foundations they have set from which we continue to build on together.
Mahatma Gandhi said “Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion” and we dare to add “........of no race, religion or economic status”
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