This week, we are mailing out letters from students to their sponsors. Our kids are excited for their new computer lab and opted to type their letters. Elias writes, "If I could have one superpower, it would be to drive."
A few weeks ago, as I was leaving for school, I noticed a boy who looked to be about ten years old waiting at the end of our road. “Excuse me; I would like to speak with you,” he said, handing me a tiny piece of paper that had been folded and refolded many times. It read, “My name is Peter and I need help to go to school. Please help me.”
We chatted for a bit. Peter lives in town with his older sister; their mother died a few years ago and he dropped out of school in second grade so that he could work in the forest, collecting and selling firewood. I made a concerted effort to maintain eye contact while he spoke, trying not to scan his clothes and blistered hands.
At lunch, while sitting in the staff room talking about Peter, another teacher reached into her pocket and pulled out an almost identical note. He had given it to her the day before.
Elias and Peter. Two little boys, two very similar starts in life. One is selling firewood and the other is at his desk, dreaming of superpowers like driving.
You can be the difference between these two paths, between poverty and prosperity. Please consider sponsoring a student to attend our school. And if you already sponsor a student, and you know anyone who has a superpower, please consider inviting them to join you.
Thank you for helping us get more kids off the streets and into school this year.
Yours in gratitude,
Leila de Bruyne
PS - if you haven't yet bought our bracelet or signed up for our 5k in Chestnut Hill on Oct. 1, you can do so now.