People who are familiar with our organisation know that most of our children have been working in this stone quarry, and so still do many of their parents and siblings who are not sponsored yet. Thanks to your help we are able every month to get at least one more kid out of the stone quarry and send him or her to school. Little by little we do make a difference!
Our 22STARS project manager Susan Laker has worked herself in the stone quarry together with her 3 children. Every time she speaks about it she gets super emotional, as she has never felt as hopeless as back then, when she was too weak to crash stones herself, and hence had to watch her kids doing the hard work, to be able to have food on her table once a day.
Stella first met Susan in the stone quarry ten years ago. The two of them share a passion for jewellery and the same sense of humour, and became friends instantly.
Whenever Stella was visiting Susan in later years she was always passing by the stone quarry and would feel very uncomfortable, thinking that all these children were crashing stones for 1 USD per day, whereas she was going to go to a dinner later in the evening, spending 10 USD minimum. When I would take Susan for dinner with me, she would always take only a few bites and then get her food packed, so she could share it later at night with her family.
We asked the people in the stone quarry what they would have loved us to do to make their life better, we thought that an hospital would have been beneficial for the, since so many of them get injured, but instead they told us that all they wanted was to grant an education for their children, so they would not face their same faith.
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