You are a gift to many. Surely you know this. Thank you Beatrice! Because of you I created a beautiful sculpture. This sculpture is dedicated to you, as you inspired it. It tells a part of your story; the moment you challenged God, the moment before you jumped.
Dear Beatrice Fernando,
I am a student at Wayland Middle School and I am writing to you to tell you about what I personally felt as I was listening to your speech and I would also like to thank you for coming to our school.
Your story will be forever imprinted in my mind. The most memorable moment for me was when you were in that wretched lady’s house. I remember the doors being locked and you trying to get out with the car keys. I remember the telephone being locked as you desperately tried to call for help. I remember you dropping from the balcony praying for your life. I also remember you getting beaten until you were unconscious, but what I remember most is when you came out of hiding to tell your story.
We owe you an extra thank you for venturing all the way to Walpole on this rainy day. The students appreciate so much all that you have gone through in life and continue to do to make our world a better place to be.
We are proud of you, your spirit, love and perseverance! Thank you & bless you for sharing your journey with us.
Walpole High School
Library Media Center
Dear Diane and Meg,
Beatrice's visit and talk at Brown University were marvelous -- simply marvelous. Before the evening talk, she met with some students, and then a group of us went to dinner and the conversation flowed easily and was lively and interesting. As a speaker, she was astonishing -- eloquent, quietly passionate, and deeply moving. The audience gave her a standing ovation. She spoke with such power and so articulately, not only telling her story but illuminating the whole issue of slavery. She gave a human face and a human voice to what many people today probably consider an abstract issue, a piece of old history. I am sure that she opened many eyes. She is warm, charming, and lively, and has tremendous grace. It was a great event. Thanks for sending her, and thanks for all you do.
Coordinator, Providence chapter
of Amnesty International
Thank you again for your wonderful presentation on your experiences as a domestic slave in Lebanon. Your words were so inspirational, and today students are beginning to write letters to officials telling of your experiences and asking for more intervention by governments to abolish modern day slavery.
Library Media Specialist
Wayland Middle School
Dear Beatrice: I just wanted to thank your for coming to speak last
Monday at Harvard for the Harvard Program for
International Education. We were all very inspired
by your speech, and all of the students and
teachers we spoke with agreed it was by far one
of the most powerful talks they had heard. We
really appreciate that you were able to take the
time to come and speak for us.
Director, Harvard Program
for International Education
Yesterday, after I left your presentation and was walking my group of students back to class, one of the girls turned to me and said, "I have a new hero today." Truer words couldn't be spoken, but more importantly her words were emblematic of the responses I heard and received from my students all day. Not only were they blown away by your story, the power of your presentation, and the final hopeful drive you are able to instill, but more importantly my students walked away aware and knowing that they can do something to contribute to change. Change with regards to the issue of slavery.
and the entire 8th grade
at Nauset Regional Middle School