If I Can, You Can!: A Former Street Child Making a Difference
Amin Sheikh awed a SLU-Madrid audience with his life story, a moving tale of hardship, love and persistence. Once an orphan living on the streets of Mumbai (India), he has overcome incredible obstacles in order to dedicate his life to helping street children and making the world a better place.
As a child, Amin spent three years living on the street - begging, eating discarded food, sleeping under park benches and living in fear of abuse by strangers. He was ultimately taken in by the Snehasadan orphanage in Mumbai, where he was transformed by the love that he received.
Years later and after much hard work, Amin travelled to Barcelona, where he discovered what it was like to be treated with the same dignity as everyone else. He also saw a world without street children. He began to dream of helping street children back in India.
His dream led him to write his autobiography. He has now spent seven years selling the book to raise funds for Bombay to Barcelona, a library café that provides support to street children. Today the coffee shop is finally a reality.
After hearing Amin's presentation, one student in Dr. Jawara Sanford's Ethics class remarked, "I love Amin! He's fantastic." Another student said, "He should give a TED talk!" As Jesuit scholars, Amin's incredible story serves as a powerful reminder to go forth and serve as men and women for others. Let's remember Amin's motto: "If I can, you can!"