Like many other street children, 17-year-old Diego was born into a dysfunctional family. After their separation, his parents left him and his younger siblings to the care of his older sister.
Diego was taken by his sister to a Toybox-supported Home in Lima after a serious accident which left Diego unable to walk properly, attend school or pay for treatment. At the Home, Diego was able to receive the physical, emotional and material support he needed. He reflects: “Since I came to the Home, I have learned to accept myself as I am and I see them like a special family. Now I feel certain and I am not insecure about my leg and walking problems anymore. I was able to finish high school and I am happy.”
Diego now speaks with a deep sense of joy, accomplishment, and gratitude. “I am thankful for the way that they help us at the Home,”
he says. “The teachers are always talking with us, giving us theatre and sports workshops. They are aware of everything that happens to us.”
Diego has many hopes for his future. “I don´t want to leave the Home completely,”
he says. “What I would like to do is to come and help the teachers with the new and younger kids. I want to become a chef, and continue with my studies in textiles. I know that I will accomplish my goals because God is with me.”