Dinesh the Bully Becomes a Hero

Dinesh has been a 9th Grade student of our HoPE Learning Center for the past four years. During this tenure he learned Phonemic Intelligence and yoga.

He used to forget what he learned, but now he is able to retain his school lessons and score good marks in all subjects.

More importantly, before joining our HoPE Center, Dinesh used to pick quarrels with strangers and even his friends when he was frightened and anxious.  He was identified as being a bully by other children.

Yet, after joining the HoPE Center, his attitude changed, particularly when he was asked to identify poor, elderly beneficiaries in his village. In fact, Dinesh stepped way up and volunteered to give away rationing kits within our HoPE for the Elderly program. He and his friends in the village now help destitute elders by getting them supplies and picking up their pensions at the post office for them.

Also, last year, Dinesh and his friends arranged a cultural program for the people of his village during the Diwali festival, during which they demonstrated silamban (Indian martial arts). These days, Dinesh is described much more as a hero than a bully.

It doesn’t take much to encourage a child like Dinesh to change in positive ways. Right now, a mere $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, theme activities, and daily mini meals for one child. For $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center filled with 40 children.

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