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All the Happiness Left Me

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Little Ripples teachers, I asked them, “Tell me about your summer. What was the rainy season like?” As she often does, Fatima offered to go first.

“The rainy season started very happily. I was pregnant and delivered two baby girls. I loved them, and it made me very happy. Then they got sick, and they passed away. All the happiness left me.”

It’s hard to describe Fatima. When you look at her, and she looks back at you, she makes you feel good deep inside. She is warm and loving, and the children in her classroom respond to her as if she was everyone’s mother—or maybe a favorite aunt.

During training and with her students, Fatima has been as active and loving as ever, but t