In a world where the harsh realities of poverty often cast shadows over the lives of the less fortunate, there emerges a beacon of hope—an individual whose unwavering determination and compassionate heart have ignited a transformative flame. In this inspiring episode, we hear the incredible story of how one person’s determination and compassion transformed the lives of children living in poverty. 

Join us as we listen to Maria Conceição, the visionary Founder of a Non-Profit Organization, who has dedicated herself to providing education, food, and hope to over 600 children living in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the face of daunting challenges, Maria’s resilience, and creativity shine through as she shares the story of her unconventional methods—reaching out to renowned personalities and embarking on daring adventures—all in the name of raising funds and awareness for her cause.

Maria’s journey was not without its share of obstacles. From being a shy introvert to becoming a confident and talkative individual, she experienced personal growth through her interactions with others. It serves as a reminder that stepping out of our comfort zones and embracing new experiences can lead to incredible personal transformation.

She also shines a light on the importance of community support and collaboration. Maria’s mission to change the lives of impoverished children in Dhaka, Bangladesh was made possible through the dedication and contributions of volunteers. Their selfless efforts and belief in the cause propelled her forward, enabling her to make a significant impact. It’s a powerful reminder that we can achieve so much more when we come together and support one another.

Get ready to be inspired and motivated as we explore the profound impact that a simple act of kindness can have on someone’s life. The challenges, sacrifices, and triumphs that unfold along Maria’s journey make for a truly captivating tale. Don’t miss out on this heartwarming episode of our podcast!

Key Takeaways

[00:00:12] Promises made can change lives.

[00:03:53] Emirates Airlines recruiting cabin crew.

[00:06:30] Promising to help struggling families.

[00:09:07] Losing sponsors and despair.

[00:18:06] Climbing Everest and its aftermath.

[00:19:10] Running marathons on seven continents.

[00:20:45] Persistence and resilience bring success.

[00:24:37] Swimming in the wrong direction.

[00:32:13] Guinness World Record accomplishments.

[00:36:39] Transforming lives through education.

[00:42:36] Maria’s tireless dedication.

[00:43:48] Overcoming adversity through resilience and support.

[00:45:09] Collaboration can achieve great things.


Where to Find Our Guest


Instagram: @mariatrugrit


Memorable Quotes

“People, they thought I was being cruel to give hope, to tell these kids from the slums of Bangladesh to teach that one day they would come out of the slums. It was not done. But I believed in my vision.” – Maria Conceição

“The hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life has been honoring a promise I made to 100 mothers and families in Bangladesh that I was going to take them out of poverty. I never expected that helping someone would be so difficult in life. And it’s only now, 18 years later, that I started to see results of my work.” – Maria Conceição

“In 2005, I went to the slums of Dhaka and I made these children and their impoverished families. I was going to change their life. But it has been them that they completely changed my life these last 18 years. I would have never been here.” – Maria Conceição


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