Personal Statement from Founder Dariusz Stuj
A long time ago I discovered that, for me, the real route to happiness lay in helping others. My journey began when my family and I had the opportunity to help the homeless in our neighborhood. What I found in these pursuits was that these unfortunate neighbors were very stable in body and mind but lacked the bare essentials of life that allow those who have them to progress. What they needed in terms of help, that I knew I could provide, were food, water, safety and shelter. With these essentials present, they had the presence of mind to focus their energies on caring for each other and moving their own lives forward rather than simply living for the day.
In 2007, with these experiences indelibly in my mind, I sought out opportunities to join with those who felt the same deep sense of fulfillment in helping others as I did; individuals who gave from their hearts with no other motive than to help our poorest in the poorest of situations – to have a fighting chance. It was through these efforts that I became aware of the plight of a Masai tribe in southern Kenya trying to maintain their way of life despite critical shortages of clean drinking water. Worse was the impact of unsanitary water sources on the children in the village so my family put its minds towards raising funds to provide a sustainable source of clean water for the village. Many were enthusiastic in their support of my family’s efforts. Even the employees at my company, Rainbow of Magnolia Landscaping, were so touched by the need to help these children that my staff agreed to forego their wages for one week, donating them instead to our Maasai clean water project.
The Masai community gave our project a name: Rainbow of Magnolia Fountains of Life.
Dariusz in Nepal Race for Children to raise micro-finance funds for the development of a honey production business by Chepang women in
a remote area of Nepal.
Our visit was a touching and productive one. We dug several wells and hardened them with the materials our fund raising enabled. The day that we left was very emotional. The villagers were such good people and so truly appreciative of our support. They made me feel as if I was family and I promised them that I would continue to support them in their efforts to raise healthy and happy children in a community where their culture and traditions could long prosper.
After returning from Kenya, I received a call from one of the children that we sponsored there. I told him that I would do everything I could to help them improve their lives. His response touched me more deeply than I could imagine, he said “Darek, our lives have already improved." Our community is so happy and grateful in the thought that someone like you, a person from a different country, with a different skin color, would support them.
The continuation of that support has become my destiny.