Charity Newsletter July 2010
Diego's StoryMy name is Diego
I was born in Calangute Goa India
I had a difficult start to life which I will share with you
At the age of ten I worked as a sales boy for my grandmother, selling her farm products for example Goan chilies, coconuts, brown beans and various farm animals etc. Although my grandmother had limited amenities she managed to send me to school, which was a real privilege.
By attending an English medium school when I was 6 years old I gained a foundation knowledge of English which included reading and writing. I left my grandmothers care at the age of sixteen and started living on my own. I met my now wife Aparna at the age of nineteen and not knowing anything about marriage, without any guidance and no planning we got married the same year. Our first child was born the year after we married and we named him Wrucin. We also had two daughters in the years that followed and named them Neeta and Queeny. Together we have been through a lot, many struggles, ups and downs and various heated arguments. During the first years together we all experienced times living on the streets as well as in small rooms with no bathroom facilities.
At the age of thirty one I found the Bible and through this I believe I found God. The Bible changed my life and at this stage I decided I needed to do something about my future and find a career. My Uncle gave me the opportunity to teach in his school in Rajkot in Gujrat I filled a gap for three months and was duly replaced after this. Although I was back where I started before the job, this time I had a little experience under my belt and after six months of unemployment my wife and I found a job working with a well-known charity as house parents. The charity helped children who were orphans or whose parents couldn't look after them for different reasons. There were two sections to the charity a drop-in and a live-in which is where we worked. Both my wife and I enjoyed our jobs and we worked tirelessly day and night for five years. During this time I was able to develop my teaching skills which have helped me tremendously. I know my life has been a uphill struggle but I now believe that my relationship with God, my education and very hard work has paid off and is the way to live a good life, this is why I decided that to set up The Educators Trust and help others reach their potential and live a good life too.
Volunteers ActionIan & Sue pugh started a weight loss fundraising event that raised £500 after just 12 weeks! Sponsors offered donations for each llb they lost at 'slimmers world'. The pair began in April and have lost weight every week since! All donations go towards children's education, food, clothing and medication. Volunteers are needed to help with organizing charity fundraising events, car boot stalls, the website, the Sheffield office and to help at the project in India.
If you would like to make a difference to a child's life please get in touch with the UK Office or visit our website www.educatorstrustindia.org