College student Richard La Rosa plans an eventual CPA business to support widowed mother and give back to the community. (His father died several months ago.) And after graduation he will get a job to begin supporting his sisters (they quit school in order to earn money to help pay for his education) and his mother. Go to Global Giving https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-50-disadvantaged-filipino-youth-earn-diplomas/ and sign up for "Get Updates via Email." From September 1-September 30, Global Giving will accept donations to help Richard and 49 other high school and college students earn their diplomas. I think he'll be an amazing C.P.A. Find Richard's story at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.228973910586738.1073741830.228644093953053&type=1 or read it below (the headings are mine): College student's dad died in May 2013, leaving 8 siblings My name is Richard V. La Rosa, born June 15, 1993, 20 years of age, from Banay Banay 2.0, San Jose, Batangas I‘m a 4th year student in (BSU) Batangas State University, Batangas City, taking up Accounting Management. My mother’s name is Adela M. Virrey-La Rosa, 53 years old and born on September 08, 1959. She is under graduate of elementary and had no work or job as of now since she takes care of my father due to his illness. My father’s name is Melchor L. La Rosa, 57 years old and born on January 06, 1956 . He graduated from elementary and a jeepney driver. Last year he was diagnosed with lung cancer and died on May 08, 2013. We are eight siblings in the family. I am a working student since I was 2nd year high school up to now. But due to my hectic schedule, I worked during Saturday and Sunday only for me to have my transportation fare and school allowance during my school days. Often at end of week no money for food (Pinagkakasya ko po ang pera ko kaya minsan nagbabaon ako ng tinapay o kanin.) You could imagine how I tried to meet both ends on a meager money, so once in a while I simply brought along in school either bread or rice. I really need to have a financial assistance. Because with my busy schedule with my thesis, assignment and others, I need to have an extra income to support all my expenses. My big dream is to be a certified public accountant and this project will fulfill my dream by supporting my schooling expenses. I will find a job right away after graduation to support my family. Sisters quit school to support Richard's education costs I will help my other siblings and support my sisters to continue their studies since they chose to stop in order for me to finish my studies. I also want to have a business of my own for my mother, that can support not only my family but also other people like PSAC and Aral Pinoy were doing. I was so touched the way they help other people. No pretensions, no anything. Is Richard trustworthy? Credible? Then why not give and make his dreams become reality? So, I really need to graduate this April to fulfill my dreams and be someone that my other siblings can rely on. My daily schooling allowance is not enough for Monday until Friday. And I was so thankful that I'm part of Aral Pinoy project and will be a recipient of schooling allowance. I am hoping and praying to God for the chance that I will be selected. (Maraming maraming salamat po.!) Many many thanks!
"Going to school meant skipping a meal and walking 10 km a day," says Josh Mahinay. "Walking had become an inevitable choice because the habal-habal (tricycle) fare can be saved for food. I have a very vivid memory of the times I had to ask for a free plastic bag from a nearby sari-sari (retail) store to put my things in. I had been a regular face in the store because the plastic bag ripped almost every day....Walking down the beaten path, confined to mountains all around, I saw limitations everywhere. For a child who does not ask for much, I treasured one question – 'What’s behind those mountains?'" Josh left the Philippines in 2007: he had to step up to provide for his family. He worked in the U.S. for five years, accomplished his task, and returned to his country. At age 26, he founded a social entrepreneurship venture, BAG943. The Bag of Dreams project. Buy One Give One. His riveting story published by Rappler.com shows how education was a primary vehicle for his being able to start this venture. Today, with every bag purchase, another bag is given to an impoverished child from a pool of adopted public schools throughout the Philippines. "What I am doing right now," he says, "is a product of what people did for me. "I was in 4th grade when I received my very first decent bag, a gift from a distant relative....Receiving that bag made me realize that while I was in the midst of an almost forgotten village, someone was actually thinking about me. It made me feel like someone made an investment in me so it empowered me to do better in school. "Because someone believed in me, I started believing in myself. Having a school bag like my classmates gave me the confidence to dream the kind of dreams that they have, or maybe bigger." I encourage you to read the entire article and be challenged to seek out ways to help in your community, or the larger, global community. Education matters. As he envisioned this project, Josh was afraid, but fear activated faith as he started a business to champion education for the poor. BAG. Be A Giver. You can also find Josh on Facebook. Thanks to Rick Passo, Las Vegas, and Dr. Anton Lim, Zamboanga City, for bringing this Rappler.com article to my attention.
Today's Poynter Institute Magazine brings up an issue that is circulating in many households and businesses today. People are deeply concerned about today's generation and its ability (or inability) to write well. The article includes this quote: “Just as Socrates was concerned that the invention of writing would make people forgetful, people today are worried about the degree to which we are permanently shaped by digital technologies.” Before you make a judgment, take a look at the points it makes:
- Increases awareness of mistakes & helps prevent them: people are quick to criticize typos.
- Gives you an opportunity to differentiate yourself by writing well.
- Shows the value of storytelling.
- Proves that language is always evolving, and technology is a healthy part of that evolution.
- Creates new words and meanings.
This important article is a must-read for parents, grandparents, educators, librarians, and businesspeople. It's not an endorsement for being sloppy, but shows the bright side of something that is a vital component of today's world.
I've been volunteering with the Yellow Boat project for over a year, and the growth has been nothing short of amazing. Good, solid growth taking place because of good solid people at the helm. Here's the story as told by Facebook.com. There are a number of leaders who volunteer selflessly to make the Yellow Boat Foundation (and many other foundations and NGOs) a reality. Read more about Jay Jaboneta - Anton Mari H Lim - Ofelia Samar Sy. They are my heroes.