A year ago, a family member left a child with a congenital heart condition and died within a year of their arrival in Ireland.
It was a heartbreaking story of loss.
Kelsey O’Brien, now 26, was born in Dublin and moved to the United Kingdom in 2012.
She started her life in Ireland with a passion for the arts, which led to her earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English Literature from the University of Dublin.
But she was struggling financially and struggled to find a job that would allow her to pay the bills.
She was homeless for four months.
In a year, O’Briens life changed forever.
She went to work for the first time, working with the Children’s Society of Ireland.
She had been working for years with the group to provide early childhood education in rural Ireland, but had never seen her job so personally.
“I thought I’d done everything right.
I’ve always been a positive person and that’s what I was trying to do, to make a positive difference,” she said.
As an English teacher, O