In this blog post Angela Ryle writes about her childhood growing up in a children’s home in India, her love of sports, and what she wants to do for children in her community after she returns to India. It is exciting to see what she has learned in the United States and what she plans to accomplish at home! Angela is a Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) participant studying early childhood education at Pierce College.
Life is always a journey for me, and every time it takes me a different way. This time I was taken on a great path. I was selected for the Community College Initiative, a scholarship program that was out of my country and in the USA. I had people all around so excited that they didn’t even realize how scared I was about all this happening to me. I had never been out of my hostel where I had lived since I was three years old, so even in my own country I had no idea how the world would be. I will never forget how all my school teachers and the principal helped me in this journey.
I am really blessed that I have received this scholarship. As I said, I was living in a hostel from the time I was three years old because my parents were unable to support me. We had no house to stay in or money for food. At the same that time I was blessed by getting admission into one of the best schools. When I was selected to come to the USA, I had one big problem and that was my documents. I had no documents and I just gave up hope. I thought that I would never be able to come here, but again a small blessing came down. A person very close to me helped me with the situation. He spent lots of money just to get all my documents. I know it is difficult because I went through it, so I really thank him for the help he has given me.
I lived in Loreto Rainbow Home which is for street children up until the age of 21 years old. I am a “throw ball” player, I played for school, states, and nationals. I also play basketball, baseball, and hand ball. As I stayed in the hostel for 21 years and never had the opportunity to stay with my family, so I do have a problem staying with my own family. Back in school everyone calls me “Sleeping Beauty”, because I love sleeping when I am not doing anything else. I used to get punishments because of my sleep. So, yes on the weekends people will find me in my bed. The most important thing to know is not to disturb me when I am sleeping. The other thing which I do is watch TV or play simple games with my Rainbow Children.
I love small children and they are like my own family. I have worked as an office assistant for NJP School and also for NGOs and I also have met many children and now they are friends of mine and are doing well in their studies. They were just like me, from the street but now if anyone sees them they would not believe it. So, my aim is to serve the poor and teach them what I have received. I want to work for a good NGO, and I am waiting for a good person to help me out with this. I want to be like my principal, a good and known social worker. I know life is hard in this work, but the inner happiness is what I want. I feel happy when I help someone to get good food and a place to stay. So my contribution to my country or any other country would be giving my own knowledge what I have received in 21 years of my life.
In these 21 years I really have had lots of ups and downs but one thing I learned was to never give up. Maybe this beautiful act helped to be here where I am today. My goal is big, and it is hard I know, but I also know that every end has a beautiful beginning. My goal is that when I go back to my own country, I would love to have my own school, and teach small children as I see in the USA, which is really different from my own country. I also aim to work for NGOs, this was my aim from the time I was a kid.
I am happy that I am here in USA and learning so many different things which I can use when I go back home. I see how American people help other countries’ children. If I ever get a chance and good money I would like to do some of the programs I’ve experienced in the United States, like the Feed my Starving Children program in my country. I loved their work and I wish my country would also have something like it. I also think that no person should die in hunger, and volunteering at an organization like the local Rescue Mission”. I am happy I am learning so many things here. Thanks to all the people around me.
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