Biiftu Duresso’s parents emigrated from Ethiopia decades ago. Her father escaped life as a teenage soldier. He didn’t know how to read when he arrived in the U.S., but he taught himself. He also recently earned a bachelor’s degree
Now his daughter is headed off to college at Barnard. She says she couldn’t have done it without inspiration from her parents.
Biiftu said in her valedictorian speech, “They had the audacity to imagine something better for me and my siblings.” ABC News
‘All I can do is to help you, but it is your future, you must help yourself,’” Abdullahi tells Yahoo Parenting.
When Mr. Duresso arrived in America he was probably more financially impoverished than anyone already living here yet his spiritual wealth provided him the opportunity to change the situation of his life and work hard to create a better life for himself and his family.
This story was reported by several news agencies with one calling the story “amazing”.
This is not an amazing story, it is the story of America.
Immigrants flock to America because it is the one country where poverty cannot stand in your way if you choose to succeed.
Mr. Duresso came to America to succeed, not financially, but educationally. He overcame his oppression because he was willing to risk changing his life’s condition.
The difference between Mr. Duresso, from Ethiopia, and the impoverished living in America is that American poverty is spiritual not financial.
American poverty is perpetuated by the multitude of social programs that help the poor but do not provide an alternative to being poor.
In America we concentrate on financial poverty while most suffer from spiritual poverty, not having the spiritual strength necessary to overcome the adverse conditions in which they live.
When America provides every child with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming respectful, responsible, actively involved citizens, poverty in America will end and the possibilities for every child will be endless.
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