Hi, Camilita here
I know you know some of my story, but I want to share my REAL story and WHY I am asking for your support.
I don't normally ask for donations as I support children on my own but this time I really need your help.
If I have ever inspired you or helped you in some way, then this would mean so much to me RIGHT NOW.
I grew up very poor in Trinidad (Caribbean). I slept on the floor, had no shoes to go to school and had to work with my mom from the age of 10 in the coffee fields. I saw other children at that age having holidays, good clothes, school books and even decent food to eat. I didn’t have that.
I was very bright in primary school but when I started secondary school, my parents didn’t have enough money for me to go to school every day. I relied on the school bus and when there was no bus, well... I stayed at home. I borrowed books from friends and teachers as my parents could not afford for me to have my own at times.
At the age of 13, my father said to my mother, we no longer have money for school books let alone transportation to go to school (I lived 1 hour from my secondary school). I am the last of 11 children. I cried for days because I really wanted to go to school. We lived in the country (Biche), and my mom kept saying that ‘Education’ was one way out of poverty, so I was determined to go to school.
When we saw no other way, my mom and I decided to take my sister’s advice and go and hustle on the public dump, amongst the waste and rubbish, in order to collect glass bottles to sell. At that point, I said yes, I need to finish school as I don’t want to end up poor. So....... for 2 months my mom and I ate food from the dump, got wet when it rained and had to stay with those clothes all day. We dug through dead animals and rotten food, collected rags and glass bottles among the rubbish, broke them up and sold them in order to buy my books and uniform for secondary school.
My predicament was not over as now I had to get funds to travel to secondary school. Some days I sat and cried and cried seeing other children going to school and even after the dump, I still couldn’t go every day. I occasionally had to work with my mom in the coffee fields to get extra money, carrying large sacks of yams on my head after a hard day’s work in the fields. The days I did go to school, I studied hard and in the end was able to get 7 GCSE 0’Levels.
Again, when I started doing my A ‘Levels, the same problem ensued. I studied British and American Politics and Law and had to borrow books from my friends or wherever I could get them. I walked from school on some days. There were days in school I had nothing to eat for the whole day but was determined to go for it regardless.
After my A ‘Levels, I begged for jobs (literally). Even though things were still financially tough, I started a community project to help other children in the local community, children who were just like me.
I eventually got a job in TSTT in Trinidad, thanks to the mayor at the time and my MP back then because of my tenacity and community work. I then started Law School in Trinidad. I eventually moved to the UK to finish Law School. There is so much more to that story…..…..
Fast forward to today, I am the author of two EBooks, have been featured in FORBES & Quoted in Think & Grow Rich for Women, appeared on SKY TV, Celebrate Magazine, BBC Business News and many others. Dr J B Hill, Napoleon Hill’s grandson even quoted me in front of 20,000 people as saying, 'There is no better time than the present to take action to succeed’.
I am also the founder of Event of Champions®, where I bring together the best in the industry to deliver valuable content that promotes success to help other entrepreneurs and I work with companies to increase their profit & create workable systems through strategic planning and sales systems. To date, I have traveled to 50+ countries and lived in Spain, Germany, Trinidad, Netherlands, and the UK.
When I look back at my life, I am so grateful for my mom and her tenacity and my willingness to learn.
Now I want to give back again.
I am raising funds to support a group of children in Trinidad with education (primary and secondary), learning camps, computer and sporting programs, vacation programs, books, mental health evaluations, personal development programs, food, and clothing. They will get homework support, vacation camps, internet programmes, sporting programmes and so much more.
Children who are in communities where they hear gunshots, children whose parents really need the help and children whose teachers know that if they could get the support as I did, they would flourish.
If I have ever inspired you, encouraged you, helped you to change your life, then this would really mean a lot to me to get your support. Someone helped me, so I want to return the favour.
You will get updates on what I do and pictures and videos from the children and their parents.
Help me change a child’s life.
I need your support to raise £5,000 as a start.
If you want to contact me privately to give more, then please do so.
After hearing about the suffering of some children just because they have no money, it just brings tears to my eyes, I know how that feels because I was there. That's why I am asking you to please support me today.
As it’s coming up to the holidays and festive season, your support would mean so much to me and the children and families who need it right now.
I want to say thank you in advance for your generosity and whatever you can give I would really appreciate it.