In 2015, Dharm Veer, a 32-year-old husband and father, moved his family from India to Nepal to make a better living. En route, his box of shoe cobbler’s tools – the source of his livelihood and ability to feed his family – were stolen. He was able to build up a small kit of supplies, with which we was shining Dean’s shoes while he told his story. Dean was moved to help, and donated $500 on behalf of HOP. This small donation empowered Dharm to purchase a new box of cobbler’s tools and to once again be able provide for his family.
In 2016, Dean found out that Dharm’s greatest goal in life was to send his four children to school. He decided to sponsor them for a year at the Little Angel boarding school, at the cost of $2,500. It was a small gesture that meant the world to Dharm, and will forever shape his childrens’ futures. “I can now fix shoes with my heart again,” Dharm told Dean, “knowing that my children will be in school.”