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An adventure which worked out well…thanks be to God we were welcomed by the Irish people

  • Written by Valeria Maria Da Silva Assis
  • Published in Lifestyle
Featured Pictured from left to right are: Pedro Henrique, Anna Victoria, Umberto, Valeria Maria, Kaio Victor.   Pictured from left to right are: Pedro Henrique, Anna Victoria, Umberto, Valeria Maria, Kaio Victor.

 

 

With Brazil going through a deep recession, Valeria Maria, her husband Umberto Assis and their family pursued a better life…in Ireland. This is their story of the big move to Roscommon...(also published in Portuguese alongside)

My family and I came to live in Ireland in 2002. My husband had come four months earlier in order to organise things. I followed after with our two sons. We left everything behind – family, friends, profession – to try and make a better life for ourselves and our children and also to help both our families in Brazil.

 

  Leaving Brazil was a very difficult decision, but it was necessary as the economy was going through a period of deep recession, as it is again at this time. Many do not understand what motivates people to emigrate but, in our case, it was the opportunity to have a better life that motivated us to break the shackles and set out on an adventure to a country which was very far away and foreign to us.

  My husband (Umberto Assis) arrived here in August 2002. He went first to Gort where a friend of his who had met him at the airport was living. This friend was the precursor of our story. From Gort, my husband came to work in Lambert Tractors, Donamon, Roscommon (where he is still working). These were very difficult days for him in a foreign country, a different culture and, most especially, because of the difficulties in communication. Owing to the fact that he did not speak the language he had many days of sadness and loneliness, and it was at this time that he suggested that I come to live here.

  I did not hesitate as it was always my objective to have a united family. And God provided everything. In December of 2002, myself and my sons, Pedro Assis (who was 6 at the time) and Kaio Assis (who was 5) arrived in Ireland in the middle of winter. Everything was different for us, every single detail and, to this day, I have stored it all in my memory. On arrival, we stayed in an apartment with some Brazilian friends. Everything was improvised but we were very happy. The fear of not being allowed to enter the country or being deported had passed, and now was the time to thank God and begin to confront all the challenges which would come our way.

  So, we faced all the obstacles with courage, determination and hard work and with the certainty that what we were doing was right. We had some very difficult moments but we always relied on the support of good Brazilians who were already here. Also, we had many Irish friends who helped us rent a house, register with the Gardai in the local immigration office, enrol the children in school, etc. These were our first steps and, by degrees, we were getting organised and adapting to a new culture. Thanks be to God we were very warmly welcomed by the Irish community.

  Always working hard, our sons grew up and developed and, in 2009, our daughter, Anna Victoria Assis (8 years) was born in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Today, we are all naturalised Irish citizens. We visit our families in Brazil every year and that way we lessen our loneliness and that of the people we left behind. For us, living in another country was an adventure which worked out well. We grew as human beings; we surmounted many obstacles; we integrated in a different culture; we became citizens of the world. We are very happy here and grateful for all that Ireland has contributed to our lives.

 

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u e minha familia viemos viver na Irlanda em 2002. Meio esposo veio 4 meses antes para poder organizar as coisas. Depois eu e meus 2 filhos viemos. Deixamos tudo para traz, familiares, amigos, profissao, para tentar uma vida melhor para nossos filhos, e poder ajudar nossos familiares no Brasil.

  Deixar o Brasil foi uma decisao dificil, mais necessaria, a economia passava por um periodo de rescecao, igual ao momento atual. Muitos nao entendem o que motiva as pessoas imigrarem. Sao tantas questoes mas, em nosso caso, ter uma oportunidade de uma vida melhor foi o que nos motivou a quebrar os grilhoes e nos aventurar em um pais distante e desconhecido por nos.

  Meu esposo (Umberto Assis) desembarcou aqui em Agosto de 2002 e foi primeiramente para Gort, onde o amigo que o havia buscado no aeroporto morava. E esse amigo foi o precursor de nossa historia. De Gort meu esposo veio trabalhar em uma oficina mecanica (Lambert Tractors) em Donamon, Co. Roscommon onde ele trabalha ate hoje. Foram dias dificeis para ele estar em um pais desconhecido, outra cultura e principalmente a grande dificuldade em se comunicar. Devido nao saber falar o idioma foi nesses dias de saudade e solidao que ele me propos a vir morar aqui.

  E eu nao hesitei, pois meu objetivo sempre foi ter uma familia unida. E Deus providenciou tudo. Em Dezembro de 2002, eu e meus filhos, Pedro Assis, na epoca com 6 anos e Kaio Assis, com 5 anos chegamos em pleno inverno. Foi tudo novo para nos, cada detalhe ate hoje esta guardado na minha memoria. Ao chegar ficamos no apartamento de uns amigos, tudo improvisado, mas estavamos felizes. O medo de nao conseguir entrar no pais (Deportacao) havia passado, agora era hora de agradecer a Deus e comecar a enfrentar os desafios que viriam.

  E foi assim que encaramos os desafios com coragem, determinacao e muito trabalho e com a certeza de que tudo iria dar certo. Tivemos momentos muito dificeis, mas sempre contamos com o apoio de bons Brasileiros que aqui ja viviam e tambem amigos Irlandeses. Eles nos ajudaram a alugar casa, nos registrar na Garda, matricular as criancas na escola. Foram assim nossos primeiros passos e fomos nos organizando e nos adaptando a nova cultura. Gracas a Deus fomos muito bem acolhidos pela comunidade Irlandesa.

  Sempre trabalhando muito, nossos filhos foram crescendo e, em 2009, nasceu nossa filha Anna Victoria Assis (8 anos) em Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Hoje todos nos temos a Cidadania Irlandesa. Anualmente, visitamos nossos familiares no Brasil e assim nos podemos amenizar a saudade de todos que la ficaram.

  Viver em outro pais para nos foi uma aventura que deu certo. Crescemos muito como seres humanos, vencemos obstaculos, nos integramos a outra cultura, nos tornamos cidadoes do mundo. Somos felizes e gratos em tudo que a Irlanda contribui em nossas vidas.

– Valeria Maria Da Silva Assis

 

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