Boys and Girls Country, Cottage 11 Image credits: boysandgirlscountry.org After six years we came back to the States. I They are treated just like my mother would was introduced to this group of women, some treat me and loved just the same. of whom had been living in Dubai. I joined the Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater I have heard many heartwarming stories. One Houston. lady told me about a child that after her arrival This is my sixth year. One of their projects is the they would find her every night sitting in the is the Boys and Girls Country. pantry looking at the food. They had to tell her the food was not going to go away. It is What Is Boys and Girls Country? heartbreaking. Boys and Girls Country brings kids from five to Another story was about a boy who was from eighteen who are facing difficult an abusive family. His dad called to say he was circumstances into a “family life” experience. doing better and so he could come home. He They are celebrating 50 years of service in 2021. went but before he went, they said if you ever need us, no matter what time of day or night. They have teaching parents so that the And whether it's snowing or raining, this is your children are in a family unit. Many of the home, call us. parents also have their own kids. There are about eight to a house. They learn how to do He was gone for about three months and then laundry, keep their rooms clean, how to cook, in the middle of the night, he called and said, and about their religion whatever it is. It's a big can I come home? It just breaks my heart, but facility with gardens and some animals. it also makes me happy that they have somewhere to go. We had 12 graduates this past June. There is a college campus where they transition to get Then there was a gentleman that came to an apartment and get on with their life.
AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /18 Diana receiving her award "2019 Friend of Children Club Partner" Vincent G. Duran CEO (left) and Steve Stephens Board Director (right) Image credits: boysandgirlscountry.org donate a freezer who said if it wasn't for them, he wouldn’t be alive. We met another gentleman at the award ceremony. He's been there since he was seven. Now he works there. So that is what they do. it was just rubble, with stops by the army. I think I cried for two weeks. Just going to the markets was a challenge. In Lagos, I always had a driver because if you got into an accident or stopped you were in danger. I was honored to receive an award for my philanthropy efforts and the CEO also acknowledged my husband Mike for always stepping up and helping me. OK Let's Go It is amazing to think I have been to Rome. London, Paris, Amsterdam, Malta, Portugal. Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Scotland, Australia, and Indonesia. I have been retired for thirty-six years although I could have got a job. When my husband came home and said pack your bag, we're leaving in an hour. I could say Okay, let's go. I feel so fortunate. Getting To Know Diana What is your most challenging experience? Africa. Driving from the airport when we arrived You had to adopt a “Go with the flow” kind of attitude. I grew up and I got tougher. I have also had to learn to be patient. What is your key strength? My key strength is my husband it may sound corny, but he has supported me throughout my journey and with my philanthropy projects. The support of my family they are always there when I need someone to listen to my problems or concerns. If you could meet anyone for lunch, who would it be? My mom because she in her own way she would tell you how it is. Plus, I was away so long I missed being with her. We lived in Africa when she got very ill. I did not see her for months at a time and
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