Santa Bir Gajmer teaches English in his home to Bhutanese refugees in Hampton Roads.
Updated: Friday, 19 Nov 2010, 6:19 AM EST
Published : Thursday, 19 Nov 2009, 4:13 PM EST
HAMPTON, Va. - “EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS SOMETHING TO DO AND THAT SOMETHING TO DO IS NOT JUST FOR THEM, BUT IT’S TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.” --KEN COHEN, HONORED LAST YEAR AS ONE OF OUR 10 WHO CARE:
This honoree is a shining example of what Ken Cohen is talking about. Less than a year ago he arrived in the United States from his home country of Bhutan where he and his family suffered through a horrible period of ethnic cleansing. Due to the English he learned in a refugee camp, he was able to quickly assimilate and secure a job. Numerous elderly Bhutanese folks have resettled here in Newport News in the past year and this honoree has taken it upon himself to organize a class and teach them all English. After working all day, he comes to a small apartment and begins to teach -- some in the kitchen, some at the coffee table, depending on their skill levels. The class meets six days a week for two hours. Motivated by nothing more than these people new to this country to have a better life.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD, MAKES SANTA BIR GAJMERE ONE OF WAVY-TV'S 2009 10 WHO CARE.
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