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Helping in the
There is no feeding program today. Our feeding program runs Monday thru Friday.
There are many different ways helping in the Philippines is trying to make a difference in people
lives. One aspect we wanted to address from the start is education. We handed out school
supplies to 138 children and provided assistance to others with school uniforms, shoes and back
packs. That was very helpful to all of those we helped.
There are students wishing to attend college but don’t have the means to do so. In many situations
they receive scholarships but the cost of transportation, uniforms, copies for assignments and other
school expenses prove to be too much.
Carla Pomario is a good example of someone who was so close to making it but she dropped out in
August with just two months left in the semester. Carla’s aunt provided the funds for her and her
two sibling’s tuition for school. Many times she did not have money for transportation to school so
she would walk. Her school is about 4 miles away. It was ok for her to walk but she did not have
money for lunch and walking back home is hard when you don’t eat.
Carla was able to find a job making puto for a bakery to help with her expenses but the hours were
long. She would work from 6:00pm to 4:00am and have to be at school at 10:00am. She did this for
a few weeks but sometimes she would miss school from not getting enough sleep. So she ended
up dropping out to give way for her brother and sister to finish school.
When Carla first started school her older brother would help her with expenses. So it was not
always so hard for her to attend school. Her brother’s work ran out and his current job as a
mechanic is hit or miss. Sometimes he might not work for week or two and does not have steady
This is often the case for many college students where they have to make choices to either walk far
to school, eat lunch, or finish homework. They don’t have funds for all three. Students in the
Philippines attend school for 10 years (11 if you include kindergarten) so they are 16 when they
graduate. Starting next year the Philippines is moving to k-12 like the schools in America.
In the Philippines you can’t work a normal job until your 18 years old. Working while in college is
not an option for students. You can find “under the table” jobs but they are very difficult and offer
little pay. The people who work these jobs are usually men who can’t find any work and are just
trying to earn enough to buy food for their families that day. I am amazed how some of these
construction workers work hard all day to make $4.00. Some woman wok 12 hours cooking
cleaning doing laundry by hand just to earn $2.50.
Carla will be the first college student we help with school. The school offers a free scholarship but
there are miss fees that total 4,000p ($97.56) per semester. Carlas aunt is able to help with that.
What Carla will need help with is the school uniforms and daily travel expenses and if they go on
field trips. When her brothers finds steady work he will be able to help her again. However in the
mean time we will help with her daily school expenses.
For Carla, or any other students we help there will be expectations. We will expect regular
attendance, good grades and some volunteer work around the center. We are also starting to ask
the people we help to give something back mostly in the form of volunteer work. It is not always
good to give people something for nothing because they can come to rely and expect it. There will
be a formal process and interview when we help people from this point on.
We will add more details about Carla and the college in the coming days. Her school should start in
two weeks and there is a chance she won’t need our assistance at that time.
Here is a short video of Carla and her sister-in-law at the college talking with admissions