Sometimes you meet someone who changes your life. I met Ombir for the first time in the summer of 2014. A very positive and happy boy with a lust for life. I asked him, “What is the one thing that you would like the most in the whole world?” “Love,” he answered. I slumped to my knees and embraced his fragile body. In his beaming eyes, I saw a child looking back at me. A golden smile on his face and beaming eyes. At that moment, I saw the enormous power and the potential of giving as little as love to just one child. An 11-year-old boy’s greatest dream was something as simple as love. This answer changed his life.
Ombir and the other orphans have become my family. And if I have learned one thing from these children, it’s that we need to take care of our family – wherever we can find them in the world.
In early 2016 I founded my own foundation – the Ombir Foundation, named after the boy that inspired me with the greatest dream of building a new home, and giving Ombir and the other children a chance to have a better future. For as long as one of these children, with an outstretched hand, is asking for nothing more than love, my mission will continue!