The Philippines
Aug 13 2013

CFCA scholar: Education a ‘tool to eliminate poverty’

The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through CFCA.

Here’s one from Ana Rose, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work after overcoming many challenges, including a heart ailment and damage to her family’s home in a typhoon.

Silent, shy, simple and diligent — that’s how they describe me, Ana Rose.

I am the second child of eight children.

My older sister and my younger sister already have their own families.

They were not able to finish school, and they have become housewives.

Aside from my youngest sibling, all of my other siblings are attending school.

Our family’s primary source of income is from my father’s work, and we had to tightly budget to meet all our basic needs.

When I was 5 years old, I was diagnosed with a heart ailment.

I’ve undergone a series of medical treatments and had a heart operation.

During those times, my parents encouraged and motivated me to help me feel better.

I was in grade 2 when I became a CFCA sponsored member.

I was very fortunate to be given such a privilege. CFCA never failed us because its services work holistically, which complemented all our needs.

Grateful for the support of my family and CFCA, I made sure to fulfill my achievements at school by consistently maintaining high grades from elementary to high school.

I kept in my mind that education was my major tool to eliminate poverty for my family.

Life became difficult when a strong typhoon struck our area in 2006.

Our house was partially damaged because of the storm, and we lived in an evacuation center for several months before we were able to fix it.

It was very difficult for us to move on despite the help from our local government and CFCA.

All of our belongings were gone; nothing was left.

We had to start over from scratch.

Though it was devastating, our only consolation was that no one in the family was hurt.

“Life must go on,” as some may say, and we were optimistic to regain our stability and social functioning.

Poverty in our family turned out to get worse when I entered college.

Luckily I was accepted at a semi-private school in the region.

Even though the tuition fee was quite affordable compared to other schools, we still found it difficult to meet our financial expenses.

I’m thankful I was chosen to be part of the CFCA Service Scholarship Program.

Through the scholarship program, I was able to receive additional educational benefits and help my fellow sponsored members [through community service].

College life was a tough one. I encountered many problems and difficulties.

There were times that I wanted to give up because of the stress and responsibility, but those thoughts did not pull me back.

As a matter of fact, I was able to overcome the challenges in my courses to achieve my bachelor of science in social work, and I successfully passed the board examination for social workers in 2012.

I don’t know how I will ever thank all the people and the organizations behind my success.

Starting with my family, friends, teachers and the CFCA family, I hope that I fulfilled everyone’s expectations.

As a professional social worker, I intend to perform well and be an agent of change in the society.

I am now working in a government welfare agency, which will allow me to apply my knowledge and skills.

I can now help my family and my siblings. I want my siblings to finish their schooling and get their college education.

CFCA will forever be in my heart and soul. I will never forget the kindness shared with me and my family.

Related links:

Sponsor a child in the Philippines

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