April 16, 2009
Just a year ago, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched in Charlottesville. That was the beginning of a new friendship for a local 10-year-old and a man from Zambia.
From first glance, Guy Berry and Shiloka Zachabe look like a father and son or brothers, but the two are worlds apart.
Shiloka Kachabe is from Zambia. He migrated to the United States just seven years ago, with only $1,000 in his pocket. After graduating from UVA's prestigious business school, and launching his own business, Kachabe decided to give back. He signed up to be a Charlottesville Big Brother.
About once a week, the two hang out. They bike, bowl, golf and talk. The lessons the self-starter has to teach are an inspiration.
"I've done many things in my life. Just never giving up on anything. You know sometimes things don't go your way, and sometimes you beat up yourself a little too much, but you pick up and run with it," says Kachabe.
"I really had to work hard, and i think I could get kids to probably reflect on that."
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Guy Berry is an inspiration himself. He set out to find a big brother, begging his mom to let him get involved with the program. He and his big brother have been matched for almost a year now.