Jan 29 2014

Filipino scholar gives heartfelt thanks

The Unbound project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through Unbound. Here’s one from Girlie, who just graduated with a degree in business management/information technology after many challenges along the way. Congratulations, Girlie!

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Girlie’s relationship with her sponsors Ed and Cheryl began in 2010. Girlie made a commitment to finish college, while Ed and Cheryl remained committed to giving constant support.

Last year, Girlie achieved her dream by graduating from college with a degree in business management/information technology. This accomplishment will allow her to find a job to support herself as well as her family. She has moved on from the Unbound program with the confidence to succeed.

“I know soon I will have a job because of what I achieved and God is there to guide me,” Girlie wrote in her farewell letter to her sponsors.

Girlie and her family live in the Philippines. She is the oldest of three children and joined the sponsorship program in 2004.

“Being in the program for nine years has been such a great blessing for me and for my family,” she wrote. “It brings me joy and happiness. I experienced different activities that led me on a very wonderful journey.”

Girlie’s sponsorship gave her hope and courage to continue in school. The love and support she received has helped her achieve her dream of an education.

“I am very thankful to you because you have been there for me,” she wrote. “Thank you for all your help, prayers and love that you extended to me.”

Although her sponsorship has ended, the impact of this relationship will forever be a part of her life.

“You are part of my success,” Girlie wrote. “I hope you will continue inspiring people for the next hundred years.

“Take care always, and your whole family will always be in our prayers. We will never forget you.

“Love, Girlie.”

6 thoughts on “Filipino scholar gives heartfelt thanks”

  1. Good story but I cannot help but think that it is too bad that Ed & Cheryl weren’t given the opportunity to help someone a disadvantaged child here in the US or Canada. Helping a Filipino isn’t going to anything for the US or Canadian economy. I guess the positive here is one day when we have educated all of the Filipinos and their economy is robust, they can send money to us to help us become educated….so it’s a win-win I guess….

    1. Thank you for your comment, Darcy. While the particular expertise of Unbound is in working in economically developing countries, we certainly encourage any person whose heart leads them to want to help alleviate poverty in the U.S. and Canada. Without question there is great need here as there is elsewhere, and Unbound commends the work of the many kindred organizations dedicated to helping meet that need. – Christina, Sponsor Services

    2. Have you been to a third-world country? In countries, like the Philippines, people need to get educated to be able to find decent work, which will provide them the money to buy their basic needs such as food, medicine, clothes…you name it. Whereas in the US, all we have to do is to get our lazy butt off the bed and look for a job, which then enable us to buy the those things aforementioned. So, the main issue here is “opportunity”. In the US, there will always be opportunity regardless of your educational level. Yes, the more educated you become, the higher your ROI will be. It is the same in any country in the world. But, in other countries like the Philippines, the “opportunity’ is not there when you are under educated. Her sponsors have known this fact through observations alone…so why don’t you open your eyes before making such comments?

      1. KoI doubt she has been to the Philippines let alone has lived there as I have. In order to get a cashier job you need to have a 4-year college degree, much different than in the US where you don’t even need to finish high school to get the same job.

  2. your a good example of being woman of faith may you continue to seek God deeper in your life.that blesssing and favor came from our Father above. He touch and blessed people to be an instrument to blessed others. God blessed people to blessed people. may your dreams will success JUST KEEP IT ON…But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4–7

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