Jul 13 2012

CFCA scholarship allows sponsored youth to achieve his dreams

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

Here’s one from Jeffrey, who is hoping to graduate from college after many challenges along the way.

Jeffrey in the Philippines, sponsored through CFCA as a child My name is Jeffrey. I am 19 years old, the second-oldest child in a family of seven. My father is a hard-working farmer, and my mother is a housewife.

I am very proud of them both, and I am a witness of their unending love, care and support.

I was in grade four when one of the biggest changes in my life happened.

I was recruited as one of the members of the CFCA family through the sponsorship program. It gave me additional self-confidence to pursue my studies.

My father struggled to support my and my brother’s educational needs. So my mother decided to work as a housemaid.

It is very hard waking up early in the morning knowing that your mother is not there, and enjoying those days were never easy for us.

She once said to me, “Anak, kahit mahirap tayo, sainyo naming ibubuhos lahat n gaming pag-asa sa buhay (My child, even though we are poor, we will give to you all we can because you are our hope in our life),” and after saying this, she would surprise me with a big hug.

After finishing grade six as a class salutatorian, my self-determination grew.

I was given the opportunity to become a sports editor for my school publication. This opportunity has brought out my potential to write and edit articles.

I finished high school and graduated with an honorable mention in 2005 ó another stepping-stone toward my dreams and aspirations in life.

I am very glad I was chosen to become one of the CFCA service scholars. It gave me an opportunity to serve and get to know other friends who are sponsored. The CFCA Scholarship Program enables me to become a better and new me.

I took the college entrance exam to obtain a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

I was a little nervous, but the courage and determination to pursue and fulfill my ambitions still reigned within me.

After the examination, I ranked number four in the entire entrance examinees. That ranking has also opened another door for me in terms of scholarships.

I was chosen to become one of the Brilliant Young Teachers scholars at the community college where I study. I aim to finish my four-year course and find a better job in the near future.

I am now a third-year college student and have one more year until I finish my education.

I still do not know what the future holds for me, but what I am sure is, I am very blessed and fortunate in experiencing these things.

I greatly appreciate all the people who have shown me love, care and concern.

My parents, who never left me behind; my friends, who have served as my next family; and my loving sponsor, Madam Olga, who has extended her loving arms in giving and in sharing her blessings to a person in need like me.

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2 thoughts on “CFCA scholarship allows sponsored youth to achieve his dreams”

  1. Wow! This brought tears to my eyes. I lived in the PI for 4 years and never got to know any of the family members or children of the housegirls who worked for me. I was going to college and working which was unusual because normally…they only hired local nationals for all of the jobs at Clark Air Base. Not everyone went to college but I was determined to not let my mind turn to mush!

    Education is very important to me and my family. Thank you for posting this on your website.

    Lisa

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