12 August 2019
''I am 17 years old. I live with my father and my grandparents. My mom left when I was 6 months old and I have never had any contact with her of even seen a picture of her. My father is a motorbike taxi driver. Sadly, he is a violent man and regularly beats me with whatever he can find. After my grandmother got sick, we had to sell the house to pay for her medical costs. My family now lives at an ancestral temple. Every summer vacation before the new school year starts, I work as a waiter or as a security guard to earn some money to help pay the remaining debt. Deep down in my heart, I always treasure my good fortune when I see some people who do not even have a roof to stay out of the hot sun or out of rain. They do not even have the means to manage full board. I came to KOTO with the hope of a brighter future for myself and my family".