5-9-17 | Success Story
Despite the challenges of growing up with economic limitations, Odair Aguirre was able to pursue a career and become an English teacher in order to selflessly share his knowledge with other children and youth in his community. For his noble character, perseverance and commitment to making the world a better place for children and youth in Nicaragua, Odair was invited to the NYC Night for Niños this past May 4th, where he was honored with the Fabretto Hero Award. Read his speech below.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. It is a real honor to be here this evening to share with you how Fabretto has been a key player in my personal success and that of countless children and youth. As a former beneficiary of Fabretto’s education programs and now a teacher working for Fabretto, I can offer a unique perspective on how these programs are changing lives in Nicaragua.
As I mentioned before, I live in San Isidro, a small semi-rural community near Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. I was born there and have lived there my whole life. My father is a small farmer and my mother is a housekeeper. Neither of them received much of an education. I am the oldest of my siblings and the first in my family to graduate from university.
I first joined Fabretto when I was assigned a child sponsor at 13 years of age. I was in 5th grade and became a beneficiary of the educational enrichment program. The child sponsorship program changed my life and that of my family. Through this program, I received access to quality after-school programs and much-needed support with school supplies, shoes, lunch, and even medicine; none of which my parents could have provided on their own at the time.
Despite my economic limitations, through perseverance, hard work, and a great deal of support from Fabretto, I achieved my dream of going to college. While I was working towards my degree, I also wanted to make sure I could give back to my community, so I started volunteering with Fabretto as an assistant teacher. The time spent with children reinforced my belief that I was meant to be a teacher and that by sharing the same tools that had allowed me to be successful, I could give these children a better chance at life. With great knowledge, truly comes great responsibility.
It has been an amazing journey filled with multiple blessings and opportunities. Having finished my university degree, I was given the opportunity to begin working at the Fabretto Education Center in San Isidro as an English teacher in the SAT program, Fabretto’s rural education program. Two years ago, I was invited to lead a group of SAT students and 4-H Club members on a trip to the U.S. for an international exchange program. This trip not only motivated the students to take advantage of their educational opportunities; it also motivated my fellow teachers and me to continue to work towards improving our communities through education.
My time with Fabretto, both as a beneficiary and as a teacher, has strengthened my belief that education changes lives. I have been incredibly blessed, but there are still so many children and youth with big dreams like mine. I tell my students that they can do anything they set their minds to, but I also know that, in order to improve their chances of success, they need continued access to quality education. Here is where YOU come in. For every donation you make, you are investing in students who have a profound desire to not only improve their own lives, but also those of the members of their community. I hope that my story reassures you that this is an investment worth making.
I would like to thank God, Mr. Marinacci, Fabretto, and all those who support Fabretto’s mission, for allowing children and families in underserved communities of Nicaragua to break the cycle of poverty through education. You have changed my life and I promise to do everything I can to change the lives of the children and youth in my community.
Thank you and God bless.