Tillen’s grandmother heard about Achungo from their Pastor and enrolled him 12 years ago into the preschool class. She is 68 and survives by working her garden but her brother is trying to take it from her. Tillen (14) told us, “My father died when I was small. I never knew my mother but my grandmother told me that my uncles and aunts chased her off. My brother died of cholera last year. I have a sister, 12, also at Achungo.
When I came to Achungo I thought about bigger dreams for my life and that my destiny was going to change. At Achungo the learning is good, it has the best teachers, no irresponsible behavior and everybody is treated the same. Every student is always happy. When I grow up I want to be a doctor because I want to save children who faced a trouble like mine. I want to save them how Achungo saved me. Achungo saved me from poverty and diseases.”