A battle for the future
Education is an important stage of life that we take for granted sometimes in the west.It is the stepping stone of a life of achievements, that opens new horizons for each child.
There are part of the world that children struggle to reach that important step in life, from the luck of supplies for their daily needs at school, like food ,clothes and materials to use for their studies.
More than half of those children's abandon school in an early stage, or they will choose not to study at all, as they wont afford the living expenses.
It all opened my eyes when I entered Lake Sebu National High School, seeing students who don’t have any shoes to wear (they have slippers but it’s already overused), no decent uniforms to dress, no food for recess and no financial support for education. POVERTY is what hindering them to achieve their dreams and goals in life. It is well documented that poverty decreases a child’s readiness for school through aspects of health, home life, schooling and neighborhoods but as what I have seen they really work hard just to pursue their studies.
Seeing them doing multitasking everyday, working and studying at the same time, as many needs to stay away from their family and work in exchange for their education basics. I was like putting myself on their situations, I can’t definitely surpass those but how come they can?
I’ve realized that I was blessed with much that I myself isn’t yet contented but them? They settle for what is there and not asking for more. No obstacles can stop them from dreaming and achieving their goals. As I talk to them my heart was in pain knowing the most of them walks a minimum 2 km per day just to enter school, passing by at least 3 rivers in 2 hours everyday.
They sometimes go to school without even having food, no money and everything just a heart willing to learn, a mind motivated to get a diploma and a spirit that is ready to fight any obstacles they are about to face.
We all know how great it feels to receive gifts. However, the joy of getting is short-lived. Our lives are richer when we share, and that great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives.
Truly giving from the heart fills your life with joy and nourishes your soul. Giving provides an intrinsic reward that’s far more valuable than the gift. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” Giving takes you out of yourself and allows you to expand beyond earthly limitations. True joy lies in the act of giving without an expectation of receiving something in return.
Help us help the needy by giving 10% of every bought bracelet ,that will be send to the cause of helping needy children in the Philippines, to have a chance to study.
In the last year we amounted enough money to donate school supplies to these students, paid their tuition fees amounting 1,575 (31.34 USD) for each student per year, and bought uniforms for them out of your 10% we were able to draw a big smiles on those innocent faces, a hope for them that they can surpass what challenges they have right now, a motivation that they should study well for there’s still more who needs their help in the future as well.
They are the young generations who don’t have anything but only a heart eager to be successful despite of the lacking of financial support still they’re easing the tiredness just to provide their needs for their schooling. God hears their prayers and also you have the opportunity to help and inspire them for we are accepting donations for the studies of this students.
As what Matthew 5:16 depicts “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Let yourself be the light of the Lord to others.