The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through CFCA. Here’s one from Lea, who is hoping to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
This is the saying that I will never forget. Because I knew and have proved that this saying is very true.
And did you know who taught me that? My sponsor.
Yes! I am one of the sponsored members of Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.
This foundation is the root of who I am now, and what I will be in the future.
Before I became a member of CFCA at the age of 8, I belonged to a poor family. I always heard my father and mother talk about money.
Because I am the oldest daughter in the family, I experienced many difficulties in life. Sometimes, I needed to give what I had to my youngest sister and brothers, even though in the end I am the one will have nothing.
Our home was very far from the town. It was very hard to walk half a mile to school every day, and when it rained, the road became so muddy.
I cannot help laughing when I remember that I always fell down, and I went home with a muddy bath!
I will never forget the time that I became a member of CFCA.
From that time, I always received so many things: bags, shoes, school supplies and school fees for my education.
From that time also, I was able to experience a birthday party, birthday gifts and the Christmas party.
Because of that, I gave more effort to studying hard. I was able also to attend many seminars that help me in terms of social aspects. I graduated as a school valedictorian. I am very thankful to this foundation for giving me the chance to share my talent and skills.
My high school life was a lot of fun. My parents were not so worried about financial problems, especially in terms of tuition fees and school supplies. I knew it was because of CFCA.
As I entered high school, I carried the lessons I had learned that can help me in real life. Most of it came from CFCA experiences.
They gave me all my needs not only for my education but for my family as well, so what more could I ask for?
In my four years in high school, I give thanks to God because I always ranked in the top ten of the class every year. I graduated with distinction.
During that time also, I was able to be a majorette in our school.
Because of CFCA I was able to achieve my dreams, and I am very certain that CFCA is the way of God to show his love to me.
Now, I am in the fourth year of my tertiary level of education, taking up a bachelor’s degree in biology. This is who I am now, because of CFCA.
They also give me another chance to show my determination to study, by choosing me to be a part of the CFCA Scholarship Program.
I don’t know where to start to thank them, but I will do my best to be a good example for others. I also want to share what I had learned.
Sincerely, I want to give unending thanks to the CFCA that made me a better person and to be well educated. Thanks to all the staff members that served as our mentors.
I would like to say to everyone: “I always remember the happy things that happened to me because of you. I will cherish those moments that you had helped me to learn good things … and I will be proud to tell anybody that I am part of you, CFCA.“