In Brazil, teacher Bruno Rafael Paiva was living and sleeping at the school he was substituting at because he had yet to receive a salary. He has been covering for another teacher and friend who is on maternity leave. There is much bureaucracy in Brazil, and his name hasn’t yet been added to the payroll.

“I’m covering the license of another friend, and the license has a huge bureaucracy of receiving a license, attaching to the system, sending documents of the new teacher, receiving documents, then creating and sending the teacher contract, signing a contract, attaching to the system, and to put the name of the teacher on the payroll of the month. This enormous and lamentable bureaucracy is something that is in every system of our country.”

When his students learned of this, they pulled together $400 of their own money to give to their teacher. “This cannot be. How can you do this?” Paiva said as he opened his gift.

As their teacher wept, they gave him a huge group hug.

“I have many rooms that I have loved in my heart to be a teacher, but no room has ever shown such love, help, and affection for my teacher’s work as Building #1 did today,” Paiva wrote [translated] on Facebook.

“They are students like me, who still make me believe in the education of the country, believe in the love of others, in the compassion of putting oneself in the place of others, and believe mainly in the respect and love of the student towards the #Professor of his school.”