- A man has shared an emotional story on social media
- He was a cleaner and sacrificed everything for his children
- His post has sparked huge reactions on social media
A man has taken to social media to share how he sacrificed everything for his children. In an emotional post, John Gombingo said that he never wanted his children to know the job that he did to make a living.
He was a cleaner and revealed that he was humiliated daily because of it. He went on to say that he would bath in public toilets before going home so they would never get a hint of the work he did.
"I wanted to send my daughters to school, to educate them. I wanted them to stand in front of people with dignity. I never wanted anyone to look down upon them like the way everyone did to me"
Although his job was small, it paid the bills. He used the money to fund his children's education.
"The day before the last date of my daughter’s college admission, I could not manage to get her admission fees. I could not work that day. I was sitting beside the rubbish, trying hard to hide my tears."
He said that he had no idea how he would face his child to tell her the news that they were actually poor.
"After work all the cleaners came to me, sat beside me and asked if I considered them as brothers. Before I could answer, they each handed me their one day's income."
When he tried to refuse the money, they said that they would starve every day to ensure that his child went to college.
"That day I did not take a shower; I went back to my house like a cleaner. My oldest daughter is going to finish her University very soon. Three of them do not let me go to work any more. My oldest girl has a part-time job and the other three of them do tuition."
Today, the eldest daughter often goes back to her dad's old workplace to feed the cleaners. She knew the sacrifices they made for her and wanted to express her gratitude.
"Nowadays I don't feel like I am a poor man. Whoever has such children, how can he be poor?"
Social media users were moved by the story. Facebook user Paul Cook said:
"You sir are a true parent, you have never let your family down. I truly admire you as you did what you had to do to give your children the best start by giving them the opportunity of education, now enjoy the fruits of your labour and the respect and love your children have for you."
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