January 5th 2020
First of all I apologize for my delay but the present situation left me no space to write before. I could have sent you some distracted Christmas greetings, not what I wanted to communicate with this letter.
Our project in Nepal fills our hearts for the progresses and joy of looking at the children in their education, how far they reach and how good results they obtain along their “journey” of culture and knowledge.
This year, other than the little kids happy to study, it was the time for Rajesh and his graduation. Some of you have heard about him. We saved him from a desperate situation about 14 years ago, when he was 10, illiterate, coming from a village at the border with Tibet. Alone in the world, apparently with no family. Many years have passed and few days ago he got graduated in Social Work. He is a very good boy, he feels the will to help others in his heart. His studies, his graduation are not like the choices of many social workers, who work with people but don’t care at all about them. Rajesh didn’t forget his origins, so he can recognize what is truly needed for the people who suffer and MISERY is a tragedy only few people can understand, and even less to share the experience.
Rajesh is buddhist, but spending time with us every year he got closer to the ideas of the other religions. Particularly, he recognizes people for their values, no matter what spiritual dress they wear, but with real and visible values, not theoretical declarations with no content, but lived every day, which is not hard for him thanks to the miserable life he had until he was 10 years old.
The graduation, the celebration, was an immense joy. As for him, two more students will be able to complete their studies. What I find moving is their GRATITUDE – children, young boys and then adults who recognize the great chance, which would have NEVER be possible otherwise, of studying, LOOKING at a different panorama, like going up from a ground level to the attic and see what one could not believe possible, and now it is. It’s a dream that came true. Rajesh had his degree in his hands and could not BELIEVE. It’s me? Is it true?
As you know, our work is not only about helping with the education and then leave the boys and girls alone when they don’t find any job, but about helping them to find a true independence. It’s not only an individual situation that we try to let be but an idea that can spread and forge boys and girls well awake and aware about what it means to have a CHANCE, to be able to choose and not being stock in an impossible choice. Rajesh’s thesis was about the damages caused by the mobile phone and the psycological, emotional, mental, practical dependency, until people communicate only through messages even when they are few meters apart.
“A study of Nomophobia among the BSW students of St. Xavier’s College”
From Wikipedia: Nomophobia is a proposed name for the phobia of being out of cellular phone contact. It has been considered as a symptom or syndrome of problematic digital media use in mental health, the definitions of which are not standardized. The term, an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia,” was coined during a 2008 study by the UK Post Office who commissioned YouGov, a UK-based research organization, to evaluate anxieties suffered by mobile phone users. The study found that nearly 53% of mobile phone users in Britain tend to be anxious when they “lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage”. The study found that about 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from the phobia, and an additional 9% feel stressed when their mobile phones are off.
…Then running to India to meet the many children going to the school which is suprisingly still there standing. Even here today new, old, poor, rich, useful, unuseful touch each other, sometimes they mix, sometimes they merge. The effort is towards the protection of the VALUE, being the past or the future. Then a bridge among generations is built and maybe not everything will be lost. The school with Lawrency (the captain-cook) proceeds full sail ahead, it doesn’t loose time nor meaning. On the contrary, here we deal with CLIMATE CHANGE, bringing to children the true voice of what’s happening out there, in the sea, in the sky, in the food. In a short time some of them will understand more than all the people still getting surprised because it’s awkwardly too cold or too hot or it’s raining too much. The strenght of these children could easily bring to the awakening whom today got used to excessive wealth, which can bring to great damages like misery. We are in a very moment-time confused and complex. We proceed with our boat PLATO STUDIES CENTER with Captain Lawrency.
Thank you, thank you from my heart.
Valeria Viola Padovani
I’m still in some part of my nightmare that I’m receiving a degree in my hand. In my lifetime I have never thought that one day I can be graduate from University. The moment I received a degree from Vice-Chancellor and photo session with my Aunty Claudia and Papa Wow How Lucky Am I. I felt very big emotions…heavy emotions. I felt to cry, a loud cry to express my infinite happiness. Somehow, I cry inner part of my soul. It is an incredible time for me that such a huge achievement I have gained in my life. This is not only an Individual achievement; this is an achievement of you and whole family. In fact, What I’m today is because of you. You play different role for me to make me better person. You’re my mother, my real teacher, my star and one of the best loving Mamma in this world. Without your support and warm love, I’m not like today’s graduate student.
Now, having this wonderful certificate again increases my responsibility to reach in my journey for achieving next step goals. Yesterday night I slept so well and morning when I wake up suddenly I think about my next step of life. There are many steps I have to go ahead. This is a beginning and a positive beginning.
Mamma, I’m feeling very great and lucky that Papa and Claudia Aunty were with me. I feel fortunate to have a loving hug from papa and Claudia Aunty. I miss you that time, I imagine having huge hug with you and taking beautiful photo with you. I feel you’re watching me and smiling towards me while receiving certificate from Vice-Chancellor. Mamma, I feel fortunate boy. I want to hug you and would like to cry in front of you. Eventually, I would like to say I’m feeling great with my degree. Thank you so much Mamma, this is your achievement. I LOVE YOU