Needing some October inspiration? Look no further, this magical young lady’s heart-warming story will make you stop and think about life.. 20-year-old Sarnai* came to our Blue Skies Ger Village in 2007 when she was just 9 years old with her then 3-year-old brother.
Sarnai and her brother used to live with her mother, grandmother and uncle, all of whom were serious alcoholics who had lost all drive and enthusiasm for life. After drinking heavily one night, Sarnai’s mother beat her badly because she hadn’t cooked dinner for them - this is one example of the sort of life her brother and Sarnai were living.
One evening their home was set on fire; their mother managed to get everyone out except for her own brother, Sarnai’s uncle, who was killed. Sarnai’s mother was sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder and for two years their grandmother raised Sarnai and her brother.
Their grandmother worked as a street cleaner, she used all her income on buying alcohol.
Luckily in 2007, her grandmother took both Sarnai and her brother to the CNCF Blue Skies Ger Village because she couldn’t, and didn’t want to, take care of them anymore.
Since then Sarnai's and her younger brother's life has blossomed, she has focused on her studies and other activities at the Ger Village to become an exceptionally talented girl who loves to sing and dance.
Her brother is also now at college supported by the foundation.
Sarnai is now studying geology engineering at Hohai University in China on a full Chinese government scholarship; this university is ranked No 1 in China by the water resources study. The team was incredibly proud as we watched her receive her CNCF Educational Scholarship in August; this scholarship allows her to have the support she needs to continue her studies, this scholarship gives her the chance she needs.
We are all incredibly proud of the beautiful person she is and the hard work and commitment she is putting in to achieve her dreams! Below we have shared Sarnai's personal account of her experience..
‘I want to say a huge thank you here from the bottom of my heart on behalf of thousands of lives and from the hearts and smiles of children and their children. Thank you to all the people who are related to the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, then to my dear own sponsor.
I want to say thank you a million times. The Foundation completely changed my life, as though God had listened to my whisper or had given me a chance to create a new page of my life. If I look back when I was seven, me and my one-year-old brother were living with people who lost everything, even their desire and their motivation to live, they were dying inside of themselves. These people were our parents, our family, they were all we had. I felt neglected. They didn’t care about me and my brother, they even forgot to feed my little brother. We didn’t like to spend time at home because of their drinking and bad habits. They used to fight each other and lose their minds, in order for us to feed ourselves we used to walk the streets and sell small things.
I thought it was amazing and cool, for me the Ger Village looked like Heaven. It was shiny and light. I felt a happy, warm feeling, I trusted it and it looked comfortable. I knew I had so many things to learn as it made me feel so happy. There were many children who lived in the ger village who inspired and encouraged me because they had dreams, goals and desires. Some of them even had a harder time than me before CNCF. I truly understand that I can live as human being now, I realised I had joined a big family. I started to do the same things my friends did, learning many things such as singing, dancing and sports. I learnt to be patient, brave, educated and talented. Then I realised I needed to be ready for everything if I wanted to grab success. Then I started to prepare for the university examination. 2 years before I graduated the high school I thought, I need to fight for the life of my brother and me. I pushed myself hard. As a result, I got the chance to apply for a Chinese University where I received a scholarship; it is the second best university for water resource studies in the world. Then I realised that the sky is the limit, my future will be very nice. Now I am learning about geology science engineering and I want to be an environmental geologist because people need to know about nature, how nature works and how nature affects human life. All I want is to love nature and educate people, that’s my goal for my career. Personally I believe that to live is to love your family. I care about this because love is the most important thing, it should be the meaning of family.
Thank you again for everyone and my parents. Even though it was hard time in my life, I should appreciate that it has made me stronger and a fighter. I hope there are many children who can have success like me and I wish thousands of children will grow up like me.’
Read more here: http://www.cncf.org/about-sponsorship.html
‘We could start out with education for the children.. that’s always a good way to begin’.
Christina Noble Mama Tina, the sequel to Bridge Across My Sorrows
*Name changed for identity protection