Have you ever been shopping with little children in a megastore? It’s not a pleasant experience.
When I go with my three little ones, I must figure out a strategy to avoid any aisle displaying toys, candy, lollipops, sugary snacks and many more items ...
Of my four children, Chiara, who is now six, is the troublemaker. Despite her innocent look, she is constantly setting fires.
On the first day of school, her teacher Miss D. asked her, “What does your father do for a living?”
Without hesitation, Chiara replied, “My father takes money from the rich and gives it to the poor. He is a like Robin Hood… He usually goes to rich people’s homes at night… he brings his people with him to do the job…”
Not too long ago, my four-year-old daughter Arianna was struggling with a simple math problem in pre-kindergarten.
To help her with the concept of addition, I formulated the problem in a different way and asked her, “If you hold three apples on one hand and four apples on the other hand, how many apples do you hold in total?”
Without hesitation, she replied, “Two!”
I don’t watch much television. As a matter of fact, I only watch the Italian news channel when I go home after work, if my children have not already started watching a cartoon and hidden the remote control somewhere in the backyard so I cannot change the channel.
Do you know who Michelangelo was?
I am sure your first thought will go to the famous artist of the Italian Renaissance born in 1475, much-admired for the "David" and "Pietà" statues and the ceiling paintings of Rome's Sistine Chapel. But the Michelangelo I am referring to is somehow even more important … at least for us.
Did it ever happen to you? It’s one of the most socially unpleasant situations that could occur. Someone approaches you warmly; addresses you by your first name; mentions details or situations of your personal life not many know … yet you have no idea who is in front of you.
In May of 2016 staff members of A Chance In Life Gabriele Delmonaco (President/Executive Director) and Lauren Ross (Director of Development and Communications) visited Boys' & Girls' Towns of Ethiopia. Gabriele and Lauren attended the monthly meeting of the 100 high school girls in our program. During the meeting one of the emerging young leaders of the program, 18 year old Bethlehem, shared her story.
"First of all, I am happy to welcome all of you today to the 2016 program. I will be presenting the progress of our new project that has started this year. Every month, we have a meeting to discuss our needs, improvements and our future plans. We have been getting educational support and material support. Such as, text books and other school supplies and materials. From the beginning of the project until now many things have improved and it is going well. It is almost going to be a year since the project started. I have hopes that the things that weren’t finished will be finished before the end of the year.