Now in his mid-20s, and the eldest of three siblings, Bryan often sacrificed his own educational progress to care for his brother and sister. This is particularly true of his brother, who is just 16. Despite his absenteeism and other challenges, Bryan had the aid and support of sponsorship from a young age. Combined with his own grit and determination, CI's programs made it possible for him to graduate high school. Bryan now has stable, gainful employment doing something he loves: working as a chef. (Continue reading more of his story, below the video.)
Participating in age-appropriate programs as he grew older provided Bryan with a stable foundation for his battle to escape poverty. One of the biggest, most long-lasting gifts he received from the programs was, “...to lose my fear and my nerves. I was shy. I couldn’t deal with other people. Now, for example,” Bryan adds, “I know how to help resolve problems between colleagues. I learned to seek solutions and not make the problem bigger.” And so far, Bryan has continued finding and expanding those solutions.
Reflecting on his childhood, Bryan adds, “I would not have thought that I was going to get this far. I’m very grateful for everything my sponsors were able to do for me!”