The mother abandoned them and Edemilson Wielgosz is currently unemployed. He wants his children to continue studying despite everything.
Without a computer or internet at home, Edemilson Wielgosz travels 14 km to a nearby city to pick up her children’s homework so they can continue their classes remotely.
“We do it for the love of the children we have, not just any father does that, ” the 47-year-old father told Razões para Acreditar . Edemilson travels from Guaratuba to Garuva, Santa Catarina, in Brazil through what is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the country, BR 101.
Edemilson has 4 children, the oldest is married and the other three are teenagers who live with him. They are 16, 14 and 12 years old and dream of graduating from high school, unlike their father, who only studied until the fourth grade. There are many dreams and if it depends on him, he will fight to help them achieve them.
While the girls want to pursue a police career, their son dreams of becoming a truck driver.
The lonely father was abandoned by his wife when the youngest of their children was still a baby and since then he has cared for the children for only about 9 years. Looking back and all the effort to work and raise 4 children alone, Edemilson remembers that he used to spend his nights preparing lunch the next day and washing his children’s school uniforms. Over the years, they have grown up and shared household chores.
Amabili is 14 years old and feels a mixture of gratitude and admiration for her father’s dedication. She says that sometimes, while her father works, she goes with her cell phone to a restaurant, which is 1 km from her house, to have internet access. As soon as she receives the signal, she “prints” the pages with all the activities, both for herself and for the other brothers.
The girl says that there is hardly any money to put into credits and that it is very difficult to find a wifi signal good enough to be able to download all the activities. However, despite all the difficulties, giving up is not part of their plans: “Because it is better to study so that, when you grow up, you will not regret not having studied. I want to be a policeman or a surgeon ” , says the girl.
According to her, several colleagues have already stopped studying, since face-to-face classes were canceled due to the pandemic. “They have the opportunity and they don’t take advantage of it,” says the minor who dreams of having a computer at home.
Edemilson works in an inn, but has been without his salary for 3 months. With the reduced budget, he explains that today he cannot buy a computer for his children, since he currently lives on donations from relatives.
Despite the difficulties, the father says that he will continue pedaling the kilometers that are necessary to help his children.