“As I excitedly face each new day with my precious Grade One pupils, I feel proud of what I have become thanks to those who bring change to the world through their selfless generosity.
I was once like the students I now teach. In my younger years, my family lived in an area classified as an informal settlement (no access to municipal services). During a typhoon or even in high tides, we endured many sleepless nights worrying our house could be swamped at any time. I told myself I should do something to stop this cycle of poverty in our family.
No words can ever express how wonderful my life has been because of the dearest generosity of the Chalice Sponsorship Program. In my third year of high school, I learned I had a sponsor! In that moment, my simple aim became a higher goal and childish ambition turned into a grown up dream. Everything blooms and hope had flourished, but it didn’t mean that life was easy. I understood that along with the blessing of sponsorship came the big responsibility of maintaining good grades to achieve my dreams. Even though school didn’t come easy, I still strived and studied, even to prove to myself that I deserved to be a sponsored child.
Bearing in my mind that the people whom I look up to, my beloved sponsors, are also sacrificing I endured every adversity. Any hardship I’ve endured has moulded me into the person I am today. It shows me how merciful our Lord is; that whatever, whenever I pray, he is always listening. Because of Him and His ever-beloved instruments including my sponsors, Chalice and my loving family, I fortunately attained my ultimate vocation as a teacher.
As a teacher, I share everything I have learned with my dearest pupils. Giving them all the patience, love and care in my heart is a true gift and their gratitude is my warmest reward. Furthermore, as I look at my journey, I’ve already seen the fruit that has been produced. Today I can provide for some of my family’s needs and help in repairing our simple and humble home. I feel so happy when I see the smiles of my parents as I share my salary with them. Through these blessings, I am even more inspired to strive harder in my chosen career.
To the people behind this marvellous endeavour, thank you very much. I may not have the power to thank all of you individually, but please believe that you are always in my mind. To my sponsors, I will forever be thankful. MABUHAY PO KAYONG LAHAT!"
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