The Philippines
Jun 12 2013

CFCA scholar: Education = ‘Steppingstone in reaching my dreams’

Gina, a sponsored child and CFCA scholar in the Philippines, has endured many obstacles throughout her life. But she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dream of being a teacher.

The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through CFCA. Here’s one from Gina!

My ambition since I was a kid has been to become a teacher. I want to impart knowledge. Teaching can influence children to learn and become better individuals.

When I graduated from secondary school, I didn’t plan to continue my studies in college because I knew that my parents couldn’t afford it. But my parents and sisters encouraged me to enroll, even though my heart did not agree with their decision.

At first, I found it difficult to mingle with my new classmates and get the lessons, but I did my best to catch up and learn.

Since I was sponsored through CFCA, I received school supplies, a school uniform, shoes and tuition fees. But at times in my college days, the expenses doubled. We had so many assignments and research projects to complete.

My parents’ income was not enough to support my needs. I didn’t know where to get money to do my projects and research … until one day, our CFCA social worker asked me if I would be willing to be a CFCA scholar. I answered, “YES!”

I grabbed the opportunity because I knew it would be helpful to me. As a CFCA scholar, we spend time helping the CFCA social worker in serving sponsored friends, their families and their communities. I helped file documents, facilitate assemblies and parties, and assist sponsored friends to write letters, thank-you cards and Christmas cards.

With my determination, I earned good grades in my classes. I was in my third year in college when my father suffered from a heart attack. His body still can’t move, and he can’t speak either.

I didn’t know what to do. Every night I cried because I didn’t know whether I was still going to continue my studies, knowing that no one in the family was working. We didn’t know where to get money to buy my father’s medicines.

Then it came to my mind that I needed to stop my studies to lessen the burden of my mother. But my mother greatly disagreed with my plan. She told me not to stop, given that I had almost finished college.

Through my mother’s effort and support, I continued my studies. Finally, I got my diploma – the fruit of my hardship and perseverance. I know it is one steppingstone in reaching my dreams.

At present I am looking forward to passing the licensure examination for teachers, so that I can finally impart knowledge and influence my soon-to-be students, for them to learn and become better individuals.

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