For many of us living in privileged parts of the world, education can be taken for granted. I know that I have often wished that I didn’t have to go to school, wake up at those not-so-grueling hours, and learn.
However, education is a gift, a way to better our lives, and a source of hope.
Below are some of the success stories of the boys in our White Home.
On our “fridge door” for the children in our care, this is what we’d put up:
The Love146 staff continues to teach Peter, who is three years old, simple words, phrases and activities that could help in the development of his communication and motor skills. Peter also participates in voice and dance lessons held at the Round Home every week.
Marcos, 18, graduated from the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) program. He received a medal for being an outstanding student, a certificate from the Department of Education, and a certificate for good character. As a result, Marcos already has the competencies comparable to that of an elementary school graduate in the formal school system and he is eligible for admission to high school level and vocational training.
“I’d rather go to school than go with my peers,” said Fernando. “Going to school everyday will help me become successful someday. So even though I am in first grade at the age of 11 years old, I will strive hard to finish my studies so that I can help my parents.”
Keith,15, enrolled in grade 7 for the 2015-2016 school year. He, like his peers, also passed the Department of Education’s ALS Program. Keith expressed that he was grateful because a lot of people are helping him reach all of his dreams in life.
Raul, 11, said that he was happy and excited because he was now in 4th grade. He intends to focus on his studies to receive awards and medals at the end of the school year. Raul was also elected class treasurer.
Jimmy, 13, is in first grade. He is very enthusiastic about going to school everyday. He doesn’t want to be absent in class because he wants to learn. Jimmy is proud of the positive remarks he receives from his teacher on his good performance in class activities.
For the girls and boys under our care, education is a way for them to empower themselves and live with a sense of normalcy. Going to school allows them to aspire to goals beyond the boundaries of our care and provides them with a way to follow their dreams.