The Philippines
Sep 10 2013

CFCA scholar and sponsored friend: ‘You can do it if you believe you can’

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

Here’s one from Gleselle, who is in her fourth year of studies for a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering and still pursues her passion for art.

“You can do it if you believe you can.”

I read this quote in a book I used to read.

Somehow, it gave me the determination and hope to pursue my journey, in spite of all the hardships that may come my way.

I was just 9 years old when I was chosen to be a sponsored friend.

My sponsors, Joseph and Elizabeth, became my second parents.

They supported me in my needs and inspired me by telling stories about their family adventures, how the seasons change and how they gather together.

I felt the warmth of their relationship as a family.

In school, I started joining contests like mural painting and poster making.

It developed my skill in arts and because I am fond of drawing, it became a good start for me to pursue my dream —to be a successful animator/graphic artist.

That dream became stronger when I entered high school.

My parents and CFCA helped and assisted me over the years.

CFCA holds a big part of my school memories.

The sponsorship program provided for my education, recreation, health and nutritional needs.

I enrolled in a comprehensive high school program in the arts-visual arts curriculum.

When I entered college, I really wanted to enroll in an animation class, but there are no schools in Legazpi that offer that course.

I was accepted as a CFCA scholar and decided to pursue a course that was unfamiliar to me: a bachelor’s of science in electronics and communication engineering.

It is a very tough course for me and sometimes I do not think I can make it.

Sometimes I fail, but it just reminds me not to give up because failure is a part of success.

To continue my hobby, I joined the school publication as an illustrator.

The school became proud of me when I joined contests and reached the national level.

Throughout it all, CFCA and my fellow scholars served as my second home and family.

I want to help my parents financially, and I want to prove that I am capable of being a successful person.

Though life is full of trials and hardships, I have many reasons to keep me going: CFCA, my family and friends, and most of all, God.

He is my superior inspiration.

Faith gives me the strength and courage to continue on my life’s journey.

“All things are possible if you just believe.”

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