Overcome with the grief of losing her only child and a sister when their Moruga home was deliberately set on fire, Nicole Gopaul screamed for answers when the single casket bearing both their...
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Life for me was a challenge because the day my mother gave birth and she came out of the hospital, she discarded her baby in a dustbin. My body was covered with biting ants and the worms from the food in the bin was also on my body the following day.
The next day, a woman was emptying her rubbish and saw this baby panting for breath. She took this baby out of the bin, carried it to the hospital for treatment and took care of me until the age of nine. My mother was nowhere to be found.
Upon reaching that tender age, the woman told me I would have to go and look for work to maintain myself. I told her I didn’t know where to go. She said, “You go on! You will find somewhere to go.”
I started to cry and packed my belongings and headed down the road, walking until it became dark. I looked for a cardboard box and I slept on the pavement until morning.
The next day I went from house to house asking if they needed anybody to work. I found a house where they took me in and I started to sweep and scrub the house. I never got the opportunity to go to school. I worked there for five years. The treatment was terrible. They worked me to a frazzle. If I don’t do something they ask me to do, they physically abused me and burned my fingers.
I got fed up and one day I left and went back on the pavement. I was 14 at that time. It was a challenge because of the elements that was out there. Food was a problem, so I had to beg to survive.
One day a good Samaritan saw this young girl on the pavement and rescued me and put me in a shelter where things were going fine for about one year and after that I got married at 16. I started having children and couldn’t get to educate myself because I had to see about the children.
Now all four of my children are grown, I can now try to educate myself to the best of my ability. This is the reason why I chose Alta to start from foundation and to get my passes and then proceed to my degree.
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