Not So Different

“Steve is about the same age as me, 20 years old, and has many of the same interests. It was crazy talking to him and finding how much we have in common even though our lifestyles are so different. He loves basketball just like me, he loves to have fun and he’s just a regular guy who was super easy to relate to. I was shocked to hear how tragic his story was because he and I have so much in common. Steve’s mom died when he was 3 months old and he’s never met his father. His grandmother raised him until the year 2006, then she died as well. His aunt took him in even though she already had 12 kids of her own. Due to there being so many other kids to take care of Steve wasn’t able to go to school because of the price. He helped his aunt sell coal, which was their only source of income. He told me that on days that they don’t sell coal they don’t have enough money to eat dinner. Luckily JamQuest began to sponsor Steve so he was able to go back to school and get an education. He said that his dream is to be a mechanic and make enough money to provide for his whole family so that they will never have to struggle like this again. In spite of Steve’s ridiculously difficult living situation he is still so grateful for what he does have. He’s an inspiration to me and I’m going to help him any way that I can from now on. Don’t forget that the majority of the world does not have the same luxurious life that you do, so never take it for granted.” – David Fleurant

David and Steve are pictured here!


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