few years ago on a work trip to the Philippines, I was walking back to my hotel from the convention hall at another hotel nearby when a young girl stood near the entrance of my hotel begging the guests at the lobby for food or money. I took pity on her and gave her some money. The next day at around the same time, she saw me again and smiled to indicate she was hoping to get more money for food from me. As I had a bit more time that day, I invited her over to the convenience store next to the hotel to have some cup noodles and spoke to her for a bit.
To my surprise she was well mannered and spoke decent English, so I got curious as to how someone like her ended up on the streets. Growing up, she had a home and her parents and while not luxurious, was also sufficient for her to go to school as she was an only child. Things changed when her father, who was the only breadwinner, fell permanently ill and was unable to work. She had to drop out of school just as she was graduating high school and was left in the care of relatives in the city, while her parents went back to the province as it was a cheaper mode of living especially without any income.
To cut a long story short, we became friends after many hours at the convenience store, as we werent that far apart in terms of age. I was also doing quite well for myself at that time, and I decided to fund her education until she had graduated college. I considered the fees for something similar to a community college there quite reasonable and at my salary, I was able to afford it, and because she struck me as someone who would have a bright future, it would have been a waste if she didn't continue studying.
I had helped her through 2 years of college when things turned out rather sour for me at work. The company I worked for had shut down its operations due to financial irregularities and I lost my job. I still had enough savings for myself, but I told her I had to stop funding her education for a year and I needed her to wait until I found stable income to continue helping her. A year came and went, and while I found another job eventually, I had to start at the bottom (as I relied on work experience and not education) to climb the corporate ladder, my salary was insufficient to help her through a year of school.
At the time of writing, its been 2 years since I stopped funding her education, and I feel quite guilty for being unable to keep my promise. I have also been trying to obtain the necessary paper qualifications for myself, so I don't have to start at the bottom should I ever have to restart my career again. The school year begins in July/August for the Philippines, and I am still unable to help her through school for the upcoming year.
This is where I hope you the donors can come in. I am appealing for kind hearted souls to help her get through school this year, and if there is any extra, to then help myself through my own school. I am a strong believer of promises, as I expect a promise made to me to be kept and vice versa. She has 2 years of college left, whilst I have another year to go. It is unfortunate that I was unable to keep my promise to her on my own, but with your help, I would be able to get her at least through one year of school before continuing it on my own once I have my own qualifications sorted. We both thank you on behalf and in advance, and we pray for your kind deeds to be rewarded in good karma.
J & E